What is obesity?
Obesity is when body fat is above a certain level. Body mass index (BMI) is a way to measure obesity. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. A BMI of 25 to 30 is overweight. A BMI over 30 is obese. We can calculate your BMI for you. You can also use a BMI calculator online to find out your BMI.
Why see a healthcare provider for weight loss?
If you are obese, it’s important that you get the right treatment. Obesity can lead to serious health problems, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Sleep apnea
- Liver disease
- Certain lung diseases, such as asthma
- Certain cancers
What to expect at your first visit.
At your first visit, we may:
● Ask about your health history.
This includes your history of eating habits, exercise, and weight loss.
● Give you a physical exam.
This includes BMI, waist circumference, and blood pressure.
Order certain tests to check health factors related to obesity, looking for health problems that can cause weight gain.
You may have tests such as:
- Blood sugar levels, to check for diabetes
- Lipid and cholesterol levels
- Thyroid-stimulating hormone levels
- Liver blood tests
- Kidney function blood tests
- Vitamin D levels
- Electrocardiogram, to look at your heart rhythm
- Exercise testing, to see how well your heart works during exercise
- Resting metabolic rate, to look at how many calories you burn at rest
Creating a treatment plan.
We will create a treatment plan for you. The plan is based on your medical needs and preferences. They will:
- Find out how ready you are to begin an exercise program
- Help you make realistic weight loss goals
- Give you a nutrition plan
- Tell you to keep a food diary
- Talk with you about a weight-loss medicine, if needed
We will give you information about:
- Healthy eating habits
- Healthy exercise habits
- How to change health behaviors
- How mental health affects obesity
- The complications of obesity
- The benefits and risks of medicines
Give us a call today to begin the journey to take back your health.