Obesity is a complex disease that can have many contributing factors. For some people, eating healthy foods and exercising regularly enables them to achieve a healthy weight. Others find that they may lose a few pounds, only to gain back even more. If you’re concerned about your weight, you might consider talking to your doctor about approaches to weight loss such as bariatric surgery. Losing weight can help you avoid the many potential complications of obesity, which include high cholesterol, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, sleep apnea, and pancreatitis, just to name a few.
Understanding Screening Tools
There are several methods of assessing weight. Your physician may evaluate your body mass index (BMI), which is a comparison of your weight to your height. Obesity is indicated by having a BMI of 30 or higher. You might also ask about your waist circumference and skin fold measurements, the latter of which can inform you of your body fat percentage.
Identifying Causes and Contributing Factors
When you consume more calories than your body uses, your body stores the excess calories as fat. Over time, this can lead to obesity. You may develop obesity if you lead a sedentary lifestyle or consume excessive amounts of alcohol. Although this might seem simple, the contributing factors of obesity can be complex. For example, individuals who were overweight as children or who developed poor eating habits as children are likely to find it more difficult to maintain a healthy weight as adults. A busy lifestyle characterized by a sedentary job and long hours can contribute to obesity. Other contributing factors may include depression, hormonal imbalance, menopause, and childbirth.
Your physician can offer recommendations for following a diet and starting an exercise plan. Many people find it more effective to think of these changes as the development of new, permanent habits, rather than a temporary change in lifestyle. However, lifestyle changes aren’t always enough. For some people, bariatric surgery may provide the answer.
Have you tried exercising and eating healthy foods, yet still can’t lose the pounds? Bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, might be right for you. Call (561) 965-7300 to reach the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for The JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute.