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, hormonal imbalances, inflammation, irregular sleep patterns and circadian rhythms, stress, exposure to toxins or xenoestrogens (chemicals which mimic the effects of estrogens), impaired detoxification capacity, and/or 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?
Though obesity is considered a diagnosis, it is often a symptom of other underlying metabolic imbalances occurring within the body. Our approach to treating obesity is similar to our treatment strategy for metabolic syndrome. Our providers seek to identify the root cause of weight gain and work with you to optimize metabolic health through implementation of a diet designed to normalize blood sugar along with an exercise plan to support a healthy metabolism.
Our providers understand that obesity itself doesn’t always tell the whole story of one’s health. It is possible to be metabolically healthy (having normal blood sugar and hormone levels) while still retaining excess body fat if one’s lifestyle habits are health-promoting. Because of this, our priority in treatment is to optimize diet and lifestyle habits that improve metabolic measures rather than just treating the obesity and measuring only weight loss.