Obesity

Bethesda Immediate Care

Primary Care Physicians located in Bethesda, MD

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is an epidemic that affects an estimated 93.3 million adults and 13.7 million children and teens. The providers at Bethesda Immediate Care, located in Bethesda, Maryland, offer services that help to prevent obesity, lose weight, and empower you to live a healthier lifestyle. For a consultation regarding your weight, call or schedule an appointment online today.

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What is obesity?

Obesity is a term that refers to the condition of being severely overweight — having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. BMI is a calculation that uses your height and weight to determine your ideal, healthy weight range. A BMI of 25 or higher indicates you are carrying more weight than is healthy for your body, and a BMI over 29.9 places unhealthy levels of demand on your body.

Obesity causes the body’s systems to work harder, in turn causing:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Hardening of arteries
  • Added stress on heart and lungs
  • Metabolic and hormone imbalance
  • Strain on muscles, joints, and tissues
  • Obstruction of airways during sleep
  • Increased insulin resistance
  • Weakened immune system
  • Early signs of aging

Obesity dramatically increases your risk for a number of acute and chronic disorders, including heart disease, stroke, and depression.

What causes obesity?

Obesity is due to a combination of factors, including genetics, overall health, and lifestyle choices. Family history could predispose you to obesity, or you may have certain health conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and hypothyroidism that could contribute to weight gain.

Lifestyle choices that may contribute to your obesity include:

  • Unhealthy eating
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Alcoholism
  • Stressful lifestyle

Hormonal changes and certain medications may also contribute to weight gain and make losing weight difficult.

What are some long-term complications of obesity?

Obesity is a significant risk factor for all leading causes of death, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.

Long-term complications of obesity include:

  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Breast, colon, and endometrial cancer
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Liver disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Arthritis and other joint disorders
  • Infertility

Your risk for long-term complications of obesity decreases with healthy weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. The team at Bethesda Immediate Care offers support for your weight-loss efforts that empower you to make healthy choices.

How can I lose weight if I am obese?

If you are obese, weight loss is not impossible. With proper support, education, and ongoing encouragement, you can lose weight and improve your health by:

  • Decreasing refined sugar intake
  • Increasing fruit and vegetable intake
  • Increasing daily activity
  • Increasing water intake
  • Avoiding sugary and fatty foods
  • Planning meals and snacks
  • Making small, realistic goals

Bethesda Immediate Care supplements your lifestyle changes with bariatric surgery referrals, weight-loss medications, and weight-loss counseling. They are committed to supporting you in your healthy weight loss until you reach your goals.  

For a consultation and plan for treating your obesity, call or schedule an appointment with Bethesda Immediate Care today.