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Weight Management: Let’s start with some sobering facts: Obesity in America is an epidemic. Over 1/3 of Americans suffer from obesity. Additionally, this extra weight increases a person’s likelihood of developing other serious illnesses, such as Heart Disease, Hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes, Cancer and Stroke. It also can lead to joint deterioration and pain. Because obesity has such a profound effect on your health, it is important to combat it and achieve a healthy weight.
The best test to determine if you are obese and the degree of your obesity is called B.M.I. (Body Mass Index) Screening. Based on your age, height and weight, the B.M.I. test will tell you if you are normal, overweight, obese or severely obese. There are a number of online tools (see resources below) which will do the calculation for you in greater detail, but here is a B.M.I. Calculator that can give you a rough idea of where you fall. The number you get is a rough estimate of your B.M.I. For a much more accurate B.M.I. analysis, consult your primary care provider, who will also factor in your age, activity lifestyle and muscle mass.
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Medical professionals may use several treatment options to reduce obesity in patients. These options can include:
♥ Diet modification
Including food choices and portion sizes
Increases muscle mass and burns calories
♥ Surgical Intervention
Normally a drastic step for weight-loss-resistant patients