Obesity and Weight Loss Treatments

Obesity and Weight Loss Treatments

Obesity refers to the condition of having too much body fat. Obesity and overweight are caused by an increase in fat cells amount in the body. Obesity increases the risk of various diseases and several health problems. They’re metabolic syndrome, heart diseases, diabetes, high BP, high blood cholesterol, cancer and sleep disorders.

Obesity Diagnosis

Overweight and obesity diagnosis is based on the patient’s medical history and physical test. They confirm about having high BMI and possibly a high waist circumference. Obesity diagnosis includes

The doctor will inquire about the person’s family history, eating and physical activity habits. He then checks for any other risk factors, signs or symptoms. This verifies if the patient is having other conditions that is causing overweight or obesity.

A high Body Mass Index is the most common sign of overweight and obesity.


Showing the Body Mass Index (BMI) for Children

Obesity and overweight BMI guidelines

Showing the Body Mass Index (BMI) for Adults

During physical examination, a doctor will measure the patient’s weight and height to calculate BMI. He may also measure the waist circumference to estimate the amount of unhealthy fat stored in the abdomen.

In adults, a waist circumference over 35 inches for women who are not pregnant is ideal. And 40 inches for men can ideally help diagnose obesity and overcome future complications.

The doctor may carry out the following tests to identify medical conditions that may be causing your overweight and obesity. They are

  • Blood tests. Blood tests to check the thyroid hormone levels. It can help rule out hypothyroidism as a cause of overweight or obesity
  • Pelvic ultrasound

Obesity Treatment

Treatment for overweight and obesity depends on the cause and severity of the condition. Possible treatments include healthy lifestyle changes, behavioral weight-loss treatment programs. In certain circumstances, treatments might include medications or weight-loss surgery.

The goal of obesity treatment is to enable the person to reach and maintain healthy weight. The patient may need to work with a team of health professionals. They include a dietitian, behavior counselor or an obesity specialist, to help him/ her understand and make changes in their eating and activity habits.

They include

The doctor may recommend adopting some lifelong healthy lifestyle changes. This include practicing exercise regularly, following a healthy eating plan and getting a good night’s sleep every day.

In behavioral weight-loss programs, the clinic team, including physicians, practitioners, clinical dietitians, health educators and sleep medicine specialists, will help children and teens live a healthier lifestyle, achieve a healthy weight and reduce the risk of complications related to obesity. The team meets with patients regularly over a period to ensure proper recovery.

Patients may also participate in the following services

  • Dietary Counseling
  • Health education classes
  • Physical activity classes
  • Weight management counseling

When lifestyle changes are ineffective, overweight and obesity are treated with approved medicines. These medicines can help lose weight but when combined with lifestyle changes may result in greater weight loss

Weight-loss surgery might be an option for severely obese adolescents who have been unable to lose weight through lifestyle changes. The doctor might recommend surgery if the child's weight poses a greater health threat than do the potential risks of surgery. However, as with any type of surgery, there are potential risks and long-term complications.

Features of the Obesity Program for Children

Overweight or obesity is a complex condition influenced by environmental, social, behavioral and genetic factors. Our advanced multidisciplinary programs address these factors from the perspective of children and their families.
Features of the Obesity Program for Children

Features of the Obesity Program include

At the core of every care plan, we engage families in healthy lifestyle changes with a goodwill. We work with you and your child to determine the best treatment and a lifestyle plan.

We educate families about behaviors and habits that have a positive impact on health. We find out what families need to care for in their efforts to change.

Our team is experienced in caring for both physical and psychological differences between children and teenagers. We prepare teens to continue their healthy lifestyles into adulthood, post education too.


For Children,

A child could currently be at a healthy weight or at a risk of becoming overweight. But one needs to take measures to prevent any sudden symptoms.

Limit your child from drinking sugar-softened beverages or avoid them.

  • Provide plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat meals as a family as often as possible.
  • Limit eating out, especially at fast-food restaurants. Teach your child how to make healthier choices.
  • Adjust food portion sizes appropriately for age.
  • Limit watching TV to less than 2 hours a day for children older than 2 years. Do not encourage television for children younger than 2 years.
  • Be sure your child gets enough sleep.

For Adults,

Whether you are at risk of becoming obese, currently overweight or at a healthy weight, you can take steps to prevent unhealthy weight gain and related health problems that might turn up in future.

  • Exercise regularly : About 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week is needed to prevent weight gain. Moderately intense physical activities include fast walking and swimming.
  • Follow a healthy eating plan : Focus on low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoid saturated fat and limit sweets and alcohol. Eat three regular meals a day with limited snacking. Be sure to choose foods that promote a healthy weight and good health.
  • Know and avoid the food traps : Identify situations that trigger uncontrolled eating. Try keeping a journal and write down what you eat. Include the quantity, time, your mood and how hungry you are. Plan and develop strategies for handling these situations and stay in control of eating habits.
  • Monitor your weight regularly: Monitoring your weight can tell you whether your efforts are working or not. It can help you detect small weight gains before they become big problems.
  • Be consistent : Stick to your healthy-weight plan during the week, on the weekends, and amidst holidays most possible. This increases long-term benefits.
  • Healthy Sleep : Studies have shown some relation between lack of sleep and obesity. A good night’s sleep is necessary daily.

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