Obesity and Weight Loss Treatments
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.
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
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.
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
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.