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Obesity

General Information

Imagine a life without obesity

Obesity, the condition of being overweight, is a common disease that affects both children and adults. In the United States, 35 percent of men and 40 percent of women are obese. Doctors use your body mass index (BMI), a ratio of your weight to height, to determine if you are obese. Carrying excessive weight for your height can lead to a variety of complications including heart disease, high blood pressure and general dissatisfaction with your life.

Preventing obesity begins with making healthy choices. We know that sometimes diet and exercise alone isn't enough. That's why the dedicated experts at Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction provide the support and treatment you need to meet your weight loss goals. With physician directed weight loss programs, our integrated team works together to treat obesity.

Causes

Taking in more calories than you burn leads to an energy imbalance, causing you to put on too much weight. People with obesity including children, are often physically inactive and don't consume a healthy, balanced diet. This combination of inactivity and a high-calorie diet is what ultimately leads to obesity and morbid obesity.

Some medical conditions and certain medications can cause obesity, including:

  • Antidepressants, antipsychotic and anti-seizure drugs
  • Genetic syndromes, including Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome and Cushing's syndrome

Signs Of Obesity

Do you know the signs of obesity?

Excessive body weight is the main sign of obesity. Although the disease including morbid obesity doesn’t have any other specific signs or symptoms, obesity can lead to complications that bring on their own sets of symptoms. Heart and vascular conditions, diabetes and high blood pressure are just a few conditions caused by obesity.

Diagnosing signs of obesity at Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction

Visible excessive weight due to an increase in fat cells is the main sign of obesity. To diagnose obesity, your doctor will consider your body mass index (BMI), your weight-to-height ratio, and your waist circumference.

BMI

BMI is the primary measurement for diagnosing obesity. A BMI of 30 kilograms per square meters indicates obesity. Carrying too much weight for your height can put you at risk for serious illnesses including cancer and heart disease.

Waist circumference

For women, a waist circumference of more than 35 inches indicates being overweight. In men, having a waist circumference of more than 40 inches signals an unhealthy weight.

Diagnosing obesity is straightforward. However, your doctor will perform a physical exam and other diagnostic tests to understand what’s causing your excessive weight. Having a complete snapshot of your health helps us create a personalized weight loss plan that works just for you.

Ready for professional weight loss help?

With a medically managed weight loss program, we care for every part of you. From an accurate diagnosis to support helping you stay on track, we’re right there with you as you work toward a healthier you.

Treatment

Treatment for obesity at Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction

Many people struggle with weight loss, even after dieting and exercising. Others need support maintaining their healthier, more active lifestyle. The Center for Weight Reduction provides advanced treatment for obesity when lifestyle changes haven't been successful.

As a partner in your weight loss journey, we stick by your side, whether we're helping you lose weight naturally or keep weight off after bariatric surgery.

Adult Obesity

Fighting adult obesity one pound at a time

In the United States, more than one third of all adults are obese. We know that maintaining a healthy diet and losing weight naturally can be a challenge. Our integrated team at Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction work together to help reduce adult obesity.

With physician-directed weight loss programs, you can trust your weight loss team to work diligently and by your side to help you reach your weight loss goals and live without the signs of obesity. Whether you need treatment for obesity or nutrition therapy to help you drop the weight, we're here to help.

Causes of obesity in adults

Obesity often affects adults who don't have healthy, balanced diets and lead sedentary lives. This combination of consuming substantially more calories than you burn causes an energy imbalance, resulting in obesity.

Sometimes, medications for mental health and neurological conditions can also cause increased weight gain. Our weight loss experts take the time to learn the cause of obesity to provide the best treatment for you.

Treating adult obesity at Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction

When you partner with our weight loss experts, we collaborate with you to create a personalized plan that works just for you. With an exercise physiologist, nutrition therapy and support groups led by former patients, you'll have the team and environment to kickstart your new, healthier life.

Sometimes, lifestyle changes aren't enough and bariatric surgery may be more successful at helping you achieve your weight loss goals. Your physician may recommend:

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