What Is Obesity?

Obesity is defined by an increased adiposity (fat tissue) corresponding to a body mass index (BMI) >30.  Obesity is associated with increased risk for diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

What Causes Obesity?

There are many causes for obesity, some playing more important roles than others.  Obesity can be caused by inadequate physical activity, overconsumption of calories, inflammation, irregular sleep patterns and circadian rhythms, stress, exposure to toxins or xenoestrogens (chemicals which mimic the effects of estrogens), and genetic factors.

What Are the Symptoms of Obesity?

Symptoms of obesity include increased adiposity, increased visceral adipose tissue, increased waist circumference, and chronic inflammation.

What Is the Treatment for Obesity?

Our approach to treating obesity is similar to our treatment strategy for metabolic syndrome.  Obesity treatment includes implementation of a diet designed to normalize blood sugar contemporaneously with an exercise plan to promote weight loss.  We use bioimpedance analysis to monitor body mass index (BMI or percentage body fat) and track your progress.