Obesity Increases Risk Rates
The mortality risk rate for an obese person is 1-2% per year, compared to the actual risk of having bariatric surgery, which averages from .05% (Adjustable Gastric Band) to .5% (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass).
Some of the diseases and conditions associated with obesity
Obesity can cause a number of additional risks, called co-morbidities that have the potential to affect quality of life and reduce life expectancy. Someone who is 40% overweight is twice as likely to die as someone of average weight. That means there is a higher risk for someone who does not get the surgery than one who does.