Getting started on a weight loss journey is daunting. You have probably started a diet before only to realize you’re not seeing results after making several sacrifices.
If you are one of many obese Americans, you have most likely considered changing your lifestyle and eating habits. The prevalence of obesity was 42.4% in 2017~2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here are more facts about obesity in America, according to the CDC:
- From 1999–2000 through 2017–2018, the prevalence of obesity increased from 30.5% to 42.4%, and the prevalence of severe obesity increased from 4.7% to 9.2%. [Read CDC NCHS data brief]
- Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death. [Read guidelines]
- The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
So how do you begin? Yesterday, we posted about a study regarding healthy eating, a Mediterranean diet specifically, and how it affects obesity.
Healthy eating is vital, but there are many other factors that can affect whether or not you can lose weight. Talking with a bariatric specialist is necessary to see what your best course of action is.
You are in charge of your health, but you also need help in understanding your health history, what aspects of your health and body affect how you lose weight, and how your daily habits could be preventing you from being in good health.
Obesity is a chronic, recurring disease that carries a 50-100% chance of premature death if left untreated. The number of overweight and obese people in the USA has increased by more than 75% in the past three decades. Obesity is linked to sleep apnea, diabetes, arthritis pain, heart disease, and lower life expectancy. Without the right clinical care, you could be at serious risk.
Our society is constantly bombarded with diets, treatments, and drugs proclaiming to be the solution for weight loss – but it is difficult for the average person to subscribe to these trends with long-term results. Our office has 50+ years of specialized weight loss experience combined with extensive education, certification and accreditation from the Obesity Medicine Association. We have a proven success record with scientifically-backed results.
Our doctors have helped many men and women achieve their healthy weight goals. Managing your weight is a marathon, not a series of 100-yard dashes! The mainstay of our practice is a customized diet and exercise program combined with the use of FDA approved medications, all supervised by a certified bariatric physician.
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