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Simply put, obesity means having too much body fat. It is not the same as being overweight, which means weighing too much. A person may be overweight from extra muscle, bone, or water, as well as from having too much fat.
In order to determine if an individual suffers from obesity, we use the body mass index (BMI), which calculates a ratio of your height to your weight. We want to know how much you should weigh according to how tall you are. This allows us to identify what's a healthy weight range for any patient at a given height.
There are many contributing factors to obesity. Of course, the number one cause is excess calories. If you take in more calories than you burn, you are predisposed to developing obesity. However, we know that family history plays a role, lifestyle plays a role, including lack of physical activity. Medications can play a role. There are a whole host of different causes, but in the basic terms, taking in more energy than you burn predisposes you to developing obesity.
Obesity is a disease of excess energy storage. Your body is very efficient in storing excess energy as fat for times of starvation. When this extra energy starts to compromise your overall state of well-being, we define it as obesity.
The body mass index is a ratio of your height to your weight. We want to know how much you should weigh according to how tall you are. This allows us to place patients into risk stratification categories, or to be able to identify what's a healthy weight range for any patient at a given height.
Obesity can have serious medical implications and predispose you to conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and high blood pressure. However, the good news is that obesity can be successfully treated.
The goal of obesity management at Coordinated Health is to improve your overall health by achieving reliable and durable weight loss. While this can be done in a variety of ways, studies have shown that the most effective way for those who suffer from morbid obesity is bariatric surgery combined with living a healthy lifestyle.
In order to be a candidate for bariatric surgery, you have a BMI of over 40 or a BMI of between 35 and 40 with significant related health issues or documented ineffective weight loss attempts.
Of American Adultsare considered obese.
Of American Childrenare considered obese
Billion Dollarsare spent each year caring for conditions related to obesity such as diabetes, health disease, and sleep apnea.
Leading CauseObesity is a the second leading cause of preventable death in the US