Essay: Obesity blues in Memphis

On March 17, 2017 by M. Scott Mahaskey

Select images from a Politico report on the high cost of obesity. Full story here (Obesity’s hefty price tag)

Bariatric Surgeon Dr. George Woodman suits up to perform a gastric sleeve surgery, also known as the sleeve gastrectomy Feb. 27, 2017 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN. The procedure dramatically reduces the size of the patient’s stomach as an aide to weight loss.

The stomach of a patient is punctured to make way for scopes.  

Scopes at work inside the patient’s stomach.

Team at work. 

Half of a patient’s stomach is removed during a gastric sleeve surgery.

Sewing up the patient. 

One of five small incisions used to insert scopes. 

Bariatric Surgeon Dr. George Woodman, MD, FACS, talks with gastric sleeve surgery patient Dana Brown, of Memphis, TN, on Feb. 28, 2017 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN. Brown was up and walking the hospital floors one day after having the surgery performed. 

Spectators line Beale Street Feb. 28, 2017 ahead of the annual Mardi Gras parade in Memphis, TN. Memphis has long-suffered with a reputation as being one of the ‘fattest cities in America’ and 2016 was no exception.

Food displayed in the window of B.B. King’s famous club Feb. 27, 2017 in Memphis, TN.

Street scene of Beale Street Feb. 27, 2017 in Memphis, TN, home to a number of tasty – albeit fatty – cafes and restaurants. 

Assisted by occupational therapist Dana Kimberly, Angel (last name withheld), 6, learns to exercise on a treadmill Feb. 28, 2017 as part of the Pediatric Obesity program at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. On her right, Ke’Mareon (last name withheld), 12, gets in his workout.

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