Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Chittenango, NY & Dewitt, NY
Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to living a long and happy life, but about 1 in 3 adults and 17% of children struggle with obesity. At Kudos Medical, Ife Ojugbeli, MD, and the team provide weight management services to patients in Chittenango and Dewitt, New York. To get started on a weight management plan for better health, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Weight Management Q & A
What is obesity?
Obesity and overweight are two terms that describe body weight that’s above what’s considered healthy for a particular height. Obesity is also a chronic health problem in the United States.
According to the latest statistics, one-third of American adults are obese while another one-third are overweight.
How do I know if I need to lose weight?
Overweight and obesity are determined by your body mass index (BMI). You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. An easier way to do this is to search for a free BMI calculator online.
Your provider at Kudos Medical may discuss the fact that you’re overweight when they measure your height and weight during a routine wellness visit. If so, they work with you to develop a weight management plan to achieve a healthy body size.
How does obesity affect health?
Many people focus on the aesthetic aspects of weight loss, but losing weight influences much more than just your appearance. Being overweight or obese increases your risk for many serious, long-term health problems, such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease and stroke
- Gallbladder disease
- Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea
- Mental illness, such as depression
- Arthritis and joint pain
Overweight and obesity also increase your risk for certain cancers, including colon and breast cancer. People who are overweight or obese suffer more body pains and generally experience a lower quality of life.
What does a medical weight-management plan involve?
First, your provider at Kudos Medical performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your medical history. They may take blood tests to check for medical conditions that can cause weight gain, such as thyroid disease.
They ask questions about lifestyle habits, such as how often you exercise and what foods you typically eat. Then, they develop a customized weight management plan to improve your overall health.
Depending on your particular needs, a weight management plan may include:
- Nutritional counseling
- Getting regular exercise
- Reducing or eliminating alcohol
- Drinking more water
Trying to lose weight can seem like an overwhelming undertaking, but the compassionate team at Kudos Medical guides you in your journey. To take the first step on the path to a healthier life. Call the office or book an appointment online today.