What is obesity?
Obesity is a disorder of excessive body fat which increases risks for disease and health problems. The body mass index (BMI) is used to classify overweight and obese adults. The BMI is an index of weight-for-height to determine guidelines for a healthy weight. In adults, a BMI greater or equal to 25 is considered overweight while a BMI greater than or equal to 30 is considered obese.
What causes obesity?
While obesity can sometimes be linked to a medical cause, the principal cause of obesity is consuming more calories than your body needs for energy. Diets high in fat are a common cause of obesity, but eating low-fat foods in excess can result in obesity. Sedentary lifestyles also contribute to obesity.
What health conditions are associated with obesity?
Many health conditions are either a result of obesity or associated with having a raised BMI, including:
Children who are obese have a higher chance of adult obesity, disability, or premature death in adulthood. In addition to their increased future health risks, obese children are at an increased risk for breathing difficulties, hypertension, increased risk of fractures, insulin resistance, and depression.
How can obesity be prevented?
Preventing obesity requires the same lifestyle changes as those recommended for treating obesity. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and a commitment to monitoring your weight regularly are all required to prevent or manage obesity.
What is medical weight loss treatment?
The FDA has approved prescriptions to assist patients with weight loss efforts. AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta doctors work with you to determine the appropriate prescription for your weight loss needs. Prescriptions may include:
The doctors at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta treat obese patients of all ages with FDA-approved prescriptions and medical weight loss exercise programs. Counseling and referrals for bariatric surgery are made if appropriate to your situation. Use the online booking tool, call the office to schedule an appointment, or drop-in during our walk-in hours for weight loss advice and treatment.