Obesity

Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. Side Health™ is here to provide you with information on its definition, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.

Obesity is characterized by having an excessive amount of body fat. It is a medical condition that increases the risk of health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, and even certain types of cancer.

What does it mean to have obesity?

A body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on your height and weight that is often used to diagnose obesity. A BMI between 25 and 29.9 indicates you are overweight. A BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

Obesity

Causes and Risk Factors

The most common cause of obesity is unhealthy lifestyle choices. Weight gain occurs when you take in more calories than you burn through your normal daily routine.
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Dietary choices

that are high in calories including fast food, processed foods, high calorie beverages, and alcohol can all contribute towards weight gain.

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Inactivity

from a lack of exercise in your routine is also a contributor towards obesity. Many jobs do not require as much physical activity, leading to increased inactivity.

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Genetics

There is research that shows there are genes that are associated with obesity. Genetic factors may affect how well your body converts food to energy, the calories you burn, and your appetite. 
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Medications

Long term use of some medications may cause weight gain. This includes some depression medications, antipsychotic medication, diabetes medications, and steroids.
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Lack of Sleep

Those who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be obese than those who do get enough sleep due to changes in hormone levels that affect how hungry you are.

Diagnosis

Your provider will complete a full health history to review your weight-loss efforts, exercise, and dietary habits. They will also help you calculate your BMI, perform a physical exam, and help to determine if you have any other contributing health conditions.  
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Treatment

There are different treatment options depending on the level of obesity, but in every case it is important to focus on building a habit of eating healthy foods and exercising more.

No specific diet is proven to work best. The most important thing is to reduce the amount of calories you eat and move more. Whether it is a walk in the park or moving your arms while sitting – it is important to move your body. Your medical provider will be able to discuss methods of losing weight that are healthy, safe, and sustainable.

Finally, weight loss procedures and/or medication can also be used, however this is always in addition to recommendations for lifestyle changes.

Remote Patient Monitoring

There are devices you can use to allow your doctor to monitor your weight and other medical conditions with remote patient monitoring. The measurements from these devices are taken in real-time so that your doctor can help you make changes to your treatment plan and aid in your weight-loss journey.

Even a modest loss in weight can prevent the health risks associated with obesity. Contact us to get treatment and learn more about these devices!