Goodbye fat jokes. Gov. Chris Christie has elected to get weight loss surgery, opting for the Lap-Band surgery.

     Mary Hogan, the director of business development of the Northeast Baptist Bariatric Center, said the New Jersey governor’s choice should reflect the severity of the problem in America.

      More than four million people are dealing with morbid obesity in the United States alone.  

     “For those who have a body mass index of 35 or greater you have a less than three percent chance of losing the weight and keeping it off," Hogan said. "And if they do, it won't be more than an average of two years."

     Is this realization that people turn to weight loss surgery. The majority of those wanting it have being dealing with being overweight for much of their lives, Hogan said.

     “It’s important for anyone who gets surgery to know that this is not a quick fix,” she said. “It’s simply used as a tool to take the weight off.”

     It’s about providing a better quality of life, she said.

     “People with a higher weight or body mass index is at a greater risk for  a number of different issues: high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes…. The list goes on,” Hogan said. “All of which can be remedied with weight loss surgery.”

     There are three different procedures that have grown popular within the U.S.: gastric sleeve, the Lap-Band and gastric by-pass. All of which are different procedures but work similarly in that they restrict the amount of food that actually enters the stomach.

     With the growing number of obese people in the country, more and more insurance companies are covering weight loss surgeries within individual plans.

     “If insurances don’t cover it, most practices have negotiated cash rates within the facilities for patients wanting surgery,” Hogan said. “The prices are at a significant discount to help any and all manage their weight.”