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Controlling and weight management is a large part of your overall physical health. Being overweight or obese can lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Attempting to lose weight isn’t just for appearance’s sake—obesity is a medical disease that often requires obesity treatment to eradicate the problem. The good news is, plenty of treatment options for people with obesity are available. Read on to learn more about what obesity is, how your body mass index (BMI) is determined, and options to treat obesity.
Put simply, obesity can develop over time when your caloric intake is higher than the amount of energy you “burn off” each day. Instead of being burned off, the excess calories over time turn into weight gain. It is important to notice the distinction between being overweight and being obese. Both of these conditions mean you have extra body fat. When your BMI is at a certain level (which will be discussed below), it is considered either underweight, normal, overweight, or obese. Those with the highest levels of body weight are considered to be obese.
The term “weight control” is used when it comes to maintaining and managing your body weight. However, a healthy body weight may look different in different people. For example, being very muscular with strong muscles would add to weight when the BMI is calculated, but a higher BMI doesn’t necessarily mean this person is overweight or obese. It’s always best to talk to your physician about obesity treatment, so nothing is misconstrued.
Obesity is determined mainly by BMI but also by weight circumference. For women, a healthy weight circumference is 35 inches or under, and for men, a healthy circumference is 40 inches. Being over these parameters could be a sign of obesity.
Calculating body mass index is the gold standard for determining excess weight and obesity, but it’s always best to speak with your physician if you calculate your body weight as overweight or obese.
You can calculate your BMI by multiplying your body weight by the number 703. Then, divide that number by your height (in inches). For example, if you are 5 feet 7 inches tall, then you would divide by 67. Once you have divided the first calculation by your height in inches, divide it again. This is your final calculation.
For example, here is how to calculate BMI for a person who is 5 feet 7 inches. Let’s say their weight is 170.
703 x 170 = 119,510
119,410 / 67 = 1,784
1,784 / 67 = 26.6
Using this example, you would use the last number (26.6) to calculate your BMI. The ranges for underweight, normal, overweight, and obese are as follows:
As you can see, the person in the example is considered “overweight,” but could likely be managed with lifestyle and diet modifications.
The symptoms of obesity include:
There are myriad reasons why weight gain happens and many factors that can contribute to it. Knowing some of these factors can help when you have a consultation with your gastroenterologist.
There are many reasons obesity occurs. Some of those include:
You should seek medical help or consult a gastroenterologist if you’re concerned about your weight. The more obese you are, the more likely you are to develop other health conditions. Even weight loss of 10 to 20 pounds can improve your physical health overall. Doctors especially encourage patients to seek help for obesity if they have any of the following health risks:
The good news is, that there are many types of obesity treatment, no matter where you fall on the BMI scale.
Depending upon how obese or overweight you are, your physician may recommend certain types of obesity treatment. If you are only mildly overweight, your gastroenterologist may prescribe anti-obesity medications or weight loss medications. However, these don’t work well for those who are seriously obese, but there are other options. Weight loss surgery may be an option. There are two common types of surgery for obesity:
There can be side effects with weight loss surgery, and it’s typically only an option for those with a BMI higher than 35. It’s also important for the patient to understand that lifestyle changes (diet, exercise) must be made post-surgery to ensure the weight does not return.
If you have symptoms that may indicate obesity, or you are concerned about the likelihood of obesity, you need obesity treatment. To schedule a consultation with an experienced gastroenterologist, you can contact any of Allied Digestive Health’s care centers here. We offer compassionate and comprehensive care for all of your gastrointestinal needs.
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