Weight loss surgery sounds appealing. However, it is far from the easy option when compared with weight loss programs involving a change in diet and exercise. Really, the surgery option only works unless you also adopt a weight loss program afterward. Not only that, but there are more restrictions on what you can eat, which can lead to mineral deficiencies. If you haven’t made up your mind to lose weight and properly eat, you will not get lasting results from weight loss surgery. So what’s the answer to the obesity crisis? With more temptations to indulge than ever before, obesity is on the rise.
Causes and Consequences of Obesity
There are many factors contributing to weight gain among adults and youth. If you spend a lot of time sitting at the computer or TV, this may lend to your weight gain. Your environment affects your ability to stay healthy as well.
- Do you have access to healthy foods?
- Do you have access to safe exercise spaces?
- Do you have a poor diet?
- Do you have poor sleeping habits?
Defining The Problem
Part of the answer is defining what the problem is. We need a common language to describe this problem. “Having too much body fat” is the short answer to the question “what is overweight?” But “obesity” is a term loaded with implications. It occurs when your weight exhausts your body in more ways than one, causing a domino effect and leading to a host of health problems. More than 1 in 3 adults are considered obese, and 1 in 13 are affected by extreme obesity. A surprising 1 in 6 children is obese.
How is Obesity Measured?
- Abdominal Obesity – Independent from your BMI, your extra fat carried around your middle is an important factor in your health. Waist size is measured, and 35 inches or more in women and 40 inches or more in men is considered to be abdominal obesity.
- BMI – Your body mass index determines the ratio of your height to your weight. Having a BMI of 30 or above is considered obese. If you have a BMI of 40 or above, you are considered to be morbidly obese.
Prevention is the easiest treatment for obesity because being overweight increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems, gallstones, and many more illnesses.
Once you suffer from a debilitating illness, it becomes even harder to stay at a healthy weight, which in turn may cause you to gain more weight, becoming more obese and garnering more illnesses. Not becoming obese in the first place is the safest and easiest way to prevent this ugly cycle from occurring.
Dr. Theresa Garza is a Dallas Weight Loss Specialist who is Board-Certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine. She has been in private practice for weight management for nine years. Dr. Garza specializes in non-surgical weight loss, weight management programs, and metabolism testing. Dr. Garza has been named Top10MD – an honor 1-in-3 doctors succeed within the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Garza, click on her profile or call her office at 972.303.8955.