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Obesity Treatment

Obesity Treatment

Obesity is a common problem, yet it can be a very complex disorder, and the concerns are far more than merely cosmetic. Excess body fat increases your risk of health problems and diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

People who are extremely obese are more likely to have health problems related to weight. Obesity treatment is essential to help protect or improve overall health and quality of life. Even losing a modest amount of weight can improve health and may help to prevent the health problems associated with being overweight.

Increased physical activity and dietary changes can help to lose excess pounds. However, behavioral changes are also necessary and can help to modify an unhealthy relationship with food. Other options include weight loss surgery and prescription medications.

How Is Obesity Measured?

The standard way to diagnose obesity is by calculating your body mass index (BMI), calculated by dividing your weight by your height squared, and there are plenty of online calculators that will do this for you.

A BMI of 30 or more is classified as obese. People with a BMI of 40 or higher are considered to have extreme obesity. Your BMI is a reasonable estimate of body fat, but it is only an estimate and cannot directly measure the percentage of body fat. Some people and especially very muscular athletes, can have a BMI in the obese category even though their body fat is low.

What Causes Obesity?

Obesity is most often caused when you consume more calories than your body uses during normal daily activities. The excess calories are stored as fat.  However, sometimes there can be hormonal or genetic reasons for obesity, or it can be linked to a medical cause like Cushing’s syndrome, or Prader- Willi syndrome.

Other factors that increase the risk of obesity include your family’s lifestyle habits, as it frequently runs in families because of shared eating and behavioral activities.

Certain medications can lead to weight gain and include:

  • Anti-depressants
  • Diabetes medications
  • Steroids
  • Beta blockers
  • Anti-seizure medications.

Age can increase the likelihood of weight gain, but obesity can affect anyone at any age, even children.

Read more info: https://www.manhattanprimarycaredoctorsnyc.com/obesity-treatment-nyc-best-childhood-obesity-specialists/ 

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