What obesity is, and how you can return to a healthy weight
Nearly 40% of Americans are considered obese. This is a different classification than someone who is overweight. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index of 30 or more.
Obesity affects more than 93 million US adults. For many, this is a bigger problem than not being able to fit into their favorite pair of jeans. Obesity-related health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers are the leading cause of preventable, premature death.
Obesity and its related health conditions are growing problems. Fortunately, many treatment options are available to help those suffering from obesity return to a healthy weight.
Treatment options for obesity
It’s important to remember that the journey toward achieving a healthy body weight is a marathon, not a sprint. Many people lose hope after failed weight loss attempts, which is why finding the right program is so important. Finding a program that provides a variety of options to help you reach your goals is one of the best steps you can take.
The two weight management programs that we offer include:
- Non-surgical, medical weight loss. There are multiple choices for non-surgical options, including using meal replacements, food bought at the grocery store and, if needed, medication.
- Bariatric surgery. From the gastric sleeve to gastric bypass, many surgeries can help reduce your weight. Your doctor can help you determine which solution is best for you.
With the right support in place, it’s entirely possible to meet your weight loss goals. Looking for proof? Check out five of our inspirational weight loss stories.
In addition to losing weight, most patients decrease the number of medications they take, and many have stopped suffering from conditions associated with obesity such as high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea.
Learn more about the medical weight loss options we offer at Mercy Health.