Is there any topic more prevalent in health care today than OBESITY? If doctors aren’t addressing it with their patients, then well-meaning authors are spewing statistics about this epidemic that seems to have overtaken developed countries world-wide. Everyone has an opinion about how to solve this problem whether it be exercising vigorously or eliminating entire food groups or taking “fat-melting” pills.
The simplest definition of obesity is “the condition of being very fat or overweight.” The CDC uses Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine how overweight an individual is. If a person’s BMI is over 30, he or she is considered obese. If it’s over 40, he or she is “stage 3 obese.”
CAUSES OF OBESITY
According to the CDC, obesity can have several different causes, but the most common are poor diet and lack of exercise. Other contributing factors are medication, genetic predisposition, and glandular disorders.
HEALTH PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH OBESITY
The most common health problems associated with obesity are heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, fatty liver, and certain types of cancer. Many obese individuals struggle with joint pain and back and neck pain. The CDC has found a strong link between obesity and poor mental health as well.
HOPE FOR EVERYONE
Whether you struggle with obesity or love someone who does, we can offer you hope. Our program combines diet and exercise without making unrealistic promises. Our clients eat real food that they buy from the store of their choosing. We don’t demand rigorous exercise or starvation dieting. We don’t give our clients a plan and then dismiss them. We coach them as they learn new eating habits, and we also work with them as they face the unique set of circumstances that led to their current condition. Our clients are loved, supported, and educated.