What is obesity? Obesity is a condition that affects more than one-third of American adults. Obesity describes the excess accumulation of body fat and can be diagnosed using body mass index (BMI). Obesity is categorized as having a BMI of 30 or greater. Abdominal obesity is defined as having a waist circumference greater than 40 inches for a man or 35 inches for a woman.
Why do we care? Obesity increases the risk for serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. For an obese adult, losing just 3-5% body weight can improve blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
What do we do? It is important to understand that therapy goals should be individualized for every patient and tailored to the realities of each patient’s condition. Our approach to weight loss includes reduced caloric intake and a comprehensive lifestyle intervention, including pharmacological therapies, physical activity plans, and behavior modification according to the patient's preferences and health status. This process requires frequent visits and usually requires a commitment of at least one year to ensure sustained weight loss.
Bariatric Surgery: Bariatric surgery may be a good option for severely obese patients to reduce their risk of health complications. Present guidelines advise that weight loss surgery is recommended for patients with extreme obesity (BMI ≥40) or in patients that have a BMI ≥35 in addition to a chronic health condition, and are accompanied by other weight loss strategies. Bariatric surgery should be reserved for only the highest risk patients and includes lifetime follow to ensure the prevention of complications.
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