Obesity is a major challenge for people from all walks of life. While this condition can sometimes seem insurmountable, we can help you overcome obesity and feel great about your weight.
If you’re looking to improve your diet, exercise, and overall health, please call (470) 419-4380 or contact us online.
What is Obesity?
Obesity is a condition consisting of being heavily overweight, in many cases in excess of 100 pounds. Those who are obese carry a high amount of body fat, which can lead to a number of complications.
As a rule of thumb, anyone with a body mass index (BMI) of over 35 is considered to have clinically significant obesity, or class 2 obesity. If your BMI is over 40, you are considered morbidly obese. BMI is determined by dividing your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in meters (m) squared.
Obesity has been linked with many health risks, including:
- Heart disease
- Hypertension (High blood pressure)
- High cholesterol
- Sleep apnea
Though obesity is most frequently diagnosed in adults, childhood obesity and teen obesity are also growing concerns.
What Causes Obesity?
Poor diet and lack of exercise are two factors that may lead to obesity. There is also a genetic component to excessive weight gain, as the children of obese parents are more likely to be obese themselves. Some other causes of obesity include:
- Poor sleep
- Medication side-effects
- Quitting smoking
- Thyroid disorders
- Other disorders (PCOS, Cushing’s syndrome)
Some of these causes are merely contributing factors. Behind every case of obesity there are likely lifestyle changes that need to be made in regards to diet and exercise. Even healthy, non-obese people can benefit from nutritional counseling and exercise programs.
Treatment options for obesity are varied and comprehensive. Most obesity treatment starts with behavioral changes and lifestyle adjustments in regards to eating and exercise. Even the other treatments listed below are often combined with an uptick in healthy eating, a reduction in caloric intake and increased exercise.
Other weight loss and obesity treatment options include:
- Medical weight loss programs
- Bariatric surgery, such as the gastric sleeve, duodenal switch, LAP-BAND and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures
- Prescription weight loss medications
An important part of any obesity treatment is ensuring that the weight stays off, and isn’t just a quick fix. That means prevention of weight gain is as crucial a part of treatment as any. That can include education, lifestyle coaching and more.
Lose Weight & Feel Great
You don’t have to struggle with obesity; we can help you achieve the weight that’s right for you. If you’re looking to improve your diet, exercise, and overall health, (470) 419-4380 or contact us online.