• Featured News

    Healthy Weight Awareness Month. Mayo Clinic innovations can help you lose weight, keep it off

MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayo Clinic experts  available to talk about obesity epidemic in America and innovations in weight loss procedures

January is Healthy Weight Awareness Month – and a time when many consider a fresh start with healthier eating and exercise habits.

Consider these stats on obesity in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Forty-one percent of Americans are considered obese. And by 2030, an estimated 50% of Americans will be obese.
  • From 2000 through 2020, obesity prevalence in the U.S. increased from 30% to 42%. During the same time, severe obesity nearly doubled, from 4.7% to 9%.
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. These are among the leading causes of preventable, premature death.
  • The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was nearly $173 billion in 2019.

Andrew Storm, M.D., is the director of Endoscopy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is trained in advanced endoscopy, gastroenterology and internal medicine. He’s available for interviews throughout January to talk about:

  • The alarming growth rate of obesity and diabetes.
  • New innovations in minimally invasive weight loss procedures, including endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty.
  • Ongoing clinical trials of new devices being studied for the treatment of obesity and diabetes at Mayo Clinic.

For interviews with Dr. Storm during Healthy Weight Awareness Month, contact:

Name: Erin Mathe

Phone: 952.261.8148

Email: Erin@theienetwork.com