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obesity medicine relates to the art and science of diagnosing, and treating obesity, and more than 50 different medical problems related to obesity including metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, sleep apnea, polycystic ovaries, fatty liver, acanthosis nigricans, hypertension, prediabetes, and other medical problems.


What is weight loss?[edit | edit source]

Weight loss is the process of shedding excess body weight through a combination of diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. It is an important goal for many people, as carrying excess weight can lead to a variety of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and even certain cancers. In addition, losing weight can improve self-esteem and confidence, and may even lead to improved social and professional opportunities.

Factors[edit | edit source]

There are many factors that can contribute to weight gain, including diet, lack of physical activity, and certain medical conditions. Overeating, especially foods that are high in fat and sugar, can lead to weight gain over time. Similarly, a sedentary lifestyle that involves little or no physical activity can also contribute to weight gain. Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, Cushing's syndrome, and polycystic ovary syndrome can also cause weight gain.

Health risks[edit | edit source]

The dangers of carrying excess weight are numerous and serious. Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of developing health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. These conditions can significantly shorten lifespan and lead to a poor quality of life. In addition, carrying excess weight can lead to physical limitations and difficulties with everyday tasks, such as walking or climbing stairs.

How to lose weight?[edit | edit source]

To achieve weight loss, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular physical activity. This may involve making changes to eating habits, such as cutting back on sugary and high-fat foods, and increasing intake of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein sources. In addition, finding ways to incorporate more physical activity into daily life, such as taking walks, going for bike rides, or joining a gym, can help to boost weight loss efforts. For some people, medication or surgery may also be appropriate options for weight loss.

Support[edit | edit source]

Support from friends and family can be invaluable in the weight loss journey. Having a support system can provide motivation and accountability, and can make the process of losing weight feel less daunting. In addition, it can be helpful to seek out the guidance of a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or registered dietitian, who can provide personalized recommendations for weight loss.

Maintaining the weight[edit | edit source]

Maintaining weight loss can be a challenge, but it is an important step in achieving long-term health and well-being. To keep the weight off, it is important to continue making healthy choices, such as eating a balanced diet and staying active. Tracking progress, setting realistic goals, and finding ways to stay motivated can also be helpful. It is also important to be patient and remember that weight loss is a journey and may not happen overnight. Key facts and statistics on obesity

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese and another 35 percent are overweight. Read obesity data from CDC
  • More than 190 million Americans are overweight or obese.
  • Childhood obesity has tripled in the last thirty years.
  • Rates of adult obesity now exceed 20 percent in 49 states and D.C, and 25 percent in 40 states. In 1991, rates did not exceed 20 percent in a single state.
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
  • Obesity prevalence varies from 20.5% in Colorado to 34.7% in Louisiana in 2012. No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Nine states and the District of Columbia had prevalence between 20-25%. Thirteen (13) states (Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia) had a prevalence equal to or greater than 30%.
  • Higher prevalences of adult obesity were found in the Midwest (29.5%) and the South (29.4%). Lower prevalences were observed in the Northeast (25.3%) and the West (25.1%).

Causes of weight gain[edit | edit source]

  • According to Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, founder of W8MD medical weight loss centers of America, up to 71 percent of the population are insulin resistant that leads to their weight gain, especially in the tummy and upper part of the body!

Rethinking Our Dietary Approach

Shifting focus from individual blame to understanding the complexities of obesity is crucial. A key factor is insulin resistance, impacting up to 71% of the population, with 35% experiencing metabolic syndrome.

Navigating Misinformation

The overwhelming presence of over 20,000 books and mixed messages on obesity medicine calls for guidance from experts like Dr Prab R. Tumpati, MD, who can provide clarity on the science and practice of this field.

The Downfall of the Food Guide Pyramid

The outdated and ineffective food guide pyramid, promoting a low-fat but high-glycemic diet, significantly contributed to increased insulin resistance and, consequently, weight gain.

Insulin resistance and weight gain

Insulin resistance is a physiological condition where the body's cells become less responsive to the hormone insulin. As insulin not only controls the blood sugar, it also controls the weight! Reducing the overall carbohydrate load and insulin levels is a key underlying concept in many low carbohydrate diets such as the ketogenic diet.

The Blame Game in Obesity

Understanding metabolic starvation

Weight gain isn't typically intentional. It often stems from the paradox of metabolic starvation in the obese, driven by insulin resistance and resulting in heightened insulin levels. This leads to persistent hunger, cravings, and further weight gain. Stop blaming the victim for obesity!

Risks of weight gain[edit | edit source]

Weight gain and obesity, especially central adiposity, is associated with increased risk of over 50 different medical conditions and can be a significant burden on an individuals health, longevity and even their wallet given the high cost of obesity.

Some of the obesity related medical conditions include the following:

Why lose weight?[edit | edit source]

The reason to lose weight varies but some lose weight in order to reduce the risk of health problems related to weight gain, while others do it to look better, while yet others do it for fun! Irrespective of your reasons to lose weight, keeping a healthy weight is important. Learn more on the benefits of weight loss.

How to lose weight?[edit | edit source]

In order to lose weight safely and effectively, it is important to not only understand the causes of weight gain, such as insulin resistance, but also to understand the proven measures to lose weight.

5 proven measures to lose weight[edit | edit source]

  • Correction of insulin resistance, sleep disorders,eating disrders etc. with change in behavior. (behavior therapy for weight loss)
  • Very Low Calorie or Low Calorie Diet (VLCD or LCD)
  • Increased physical activity in conjuction with VLCD or LCD diet
  • Prescription medications
  • weight-loss surgery some cases

Diet for fast weight loss[edit | edit source]

See very low calorie diet or VLCD diet for fast and effective physician supervised weight loss.

Exercises for quick weight loss[edit | edit source]

Understand the role of exercise for weight loss and note that exercise alone is useless for weight loss, according to well established research. Exercise, however, is important in the maintenance of weight loss and also for overall health and is recommended in conjuction with a VLCD diet.

Medications for rapid weight loss[edit | edit source]

While there are many weight loss medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the most recent weight loss medications are Qsymia, and Belviq which are approved for long term use.

W8MD's locations for safe weight loss[edit | edit source]

You may want to search online for a weight loss center in your area that accepts health insurance. If you are in an area where there is a w8md medical weight loss centers, you can contact them. As of January, 2014, W8MD medical weight loss centers locations are as listed below.

Weight loss centers that accept insurance[edit | edit source]

W8MD in New Jersey

  • W8MD weight loss centers in Cherry Hill New Jersey at 140 Evesham Road Cherry Hill NJ 08003 Phone 800-W8MD-007

Insurance coverage for weight loss[edit | edit source]

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, all insurances are now required to provide coverage for weight loss physician visits. Learn more on the Affordable Care Act and weight loss

Before and after weight loss pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos for weight loss[edit | edit source]

Check out the weight loss and wellness videos on youtube.

Common weight loss searches[edit | edit source]

Weight loss, losing weight, diet for weight loss, how lose weight, who lose weight, fast weight loss etc. are just some of the common terms people search on google when it comes to losing weight. In fact, weight loss is one of the top searches on google in most markets consistently! So, let us examine what percentage of people in America actually search for weight loss products and services on the internet?

According to wordstream, the following are the top 50 weight loss search terms.

Up to 50 percent of all Americans actually are trying to lose weight at any given point in time according to research and weight loss remains a topic that is hotly searched on the internet.

Also see the top 100 weight loss searches in America?

Weight loss tips and secrets[edit | edit source]

Using evidence based, proven measures to lose weight in partnership with a trained and experienced weight loss physician is the secret of losing weight.

How can W8MD medical weight loss centers help?[edit | edit source]

W8MD medical weight loss centers of America can help you understand the true causes of weight gain, so you can start your journey to losing weight! Check out these useful links. W8MD offers a network of unique weight loss and sleep medicine services that provides physician practices with a solution for patients with comprehensive sleep and weight management problems. A lack of proper sleep has been shown to affect hormones like Leptins and Ghrelins, which in turn affect weight. Weight gain is a significant risk factor for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Realizing the inter- connected nature of these two fields, W8MD offers a unique sleep testing service using either in- laboratory sleep testing or at home portable sleep testing, combined with state of the art medical weight management with well trained physicians knowledgeable in the field of Bariatric Medicine. Glossary of obesity

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