Brian Mirza, MD, FACS

1,000's of Successful Surgeries Performed*. Voted as Top Bariatric surgeon by H Texas Magazine 5 years in a row

Her initial weight was 253 lbs

Presently at 161 lbs, after gastric sleeve surgery.*

Lose Weight Enjoy Life.

Mercy Grant

Total weight loss is: 88 lbs. and still counting.*

What is Obesity?

For decades, obesity was viewed as a simple consequence of “eating too much” and “exercising too little.” Yet, anyone who has struggled to lose weight through diet and exercise knows this simply isn’t the case.

Today the medical community knows that obesity is a complex and multi-faceted health issue. In fact, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and The Obesity Society all consider obesity a disease.1

Obesity Statistics in the U.S.

Obesity has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. Consider that more than one-third (34.9 percent) of American adults are obese today, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).2 Obesity could affect 50 percent of the U.S. population by the year 2030.3

While lifestyle choices are important, the reality is that obesity is the result of a complex interplay between genes, co-occurring medical conditions, environment, lifestyle, socioeconomic status, and even the makeup of a person’s gut microbiome.4 All of these things can determine a person’s propensity for obesity. Obesity is not your fault—it is not a moral failing.

Obesity-Related Health Conditions

Obesity is often associated with a lower life expectancy and reduced quality of life. Carrying an excessive amount of extra weight can limit physical ability and lead to body pain (e.g., joint pain, sore muscles, etc.) and fatigue. It can also lead to other serious medical conditions that can reduce the quality of life, including:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

  • High cholesterol (hyperlipidemia)

  • Diabetes

  • Heart attacks and stroke

  • Fatty liver (excess fat in the liver that leads to inflammation and liver damage

  • Sleep apnea

  • Joint pain and osteoarthritis

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a hormone imbalance in females that can affect menstruation and ovulation

  • Infertility and sexual dysfunction

  • Cancer

  • Depression

Learn more about conditions related to obesity.

How Obesity Is Measured

Body mass index (BMI) is widely used as a measure of body fat based on a person’s weight in relation to their height. A BMI of 30 or greater is classified as obese. A BMI of 35-39.9 is classified as severely obese, and a BMI of 40 or greater is classified as morbidly obese. Use this calculator to learn your BMI.

While BMI is a reliable measurement tool for the general population, it should be noted that weight is dependent on a person’s muscle mass, water weight, and other factors. Your Houston weight loss doctor will help you better understand what your BMI means.

The Benefits of Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss

Bariatric (weight loss) surgery has been a literal lifesaver for millions of people in the U.S. Not only can bariatric surgery help you lose as much as 50-85% of your excess weight, but it is a proven solution for both long-term weight loss and resolution of co-occurring medical conditions like hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

Bariatric Care Centers offer all of the following weight loss services:

Contact Bariatric Care Centers today at 713.339.1353 for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Mirza—your trusted Houston, TX weight loss surgeon. He and his caring staff will guide you every step of the way through your weight loss journey, providing all the resources, information, and encouragement you’ll need. Our passion is helping improve the quality of life for each and every one of our patients.

Sources

  1. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/WeightManagement/Obesity/Treating-Obesity-as-a-Disease_UCM_459557_Article.jsp

  2. https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

  3. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-trends/#ref4

  4. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-gut-bacteria-help-make-us-fat-and-thin/

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

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Why Choose Us

  • Surgeon Qualifications-Board Certified Fellowship Trained in Bariatric Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; FASMBS.
  • Designation as a “Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery” demonstrates commitment to excellence
  • Dr. Mirza is the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at a Houston Center Of Excellance.
  • Excellent Long-Term Track Record of Safety
  • Over 15 Years Experience
  • 1,000's of Successful Safe Bariatric Surgeries Performed
  • Most of our patients are referrals from existing patients
  • Comprehensive approach to weight loss surgery with continued follow-up.
  • Yearly Laboratory Testing to Optimize Patients Health
  • Using only Center Of Excellence Hospitals for Surgery.
  • To assist him in surgery Dr. Mirza uses Highly trained and skilled surgeons and Licensed Assistants.
  • Dr. Mirza will spend time with you and evaluate you personally, at the office and at the hospital.

Top Doctors awards

Living Mag Best of 2014
Living Best of Reader's Choice 2016
H Texas Mag 2017 Top Doctors