Center Point Medicine
Pediatric Hypnosis and Counseling located in La Jolla, CA & Syracuse, NY
Obesity Q & A
What does it mean to be obese?
Based on height, weight, and body mass index (BMI), medical professionals classify men, women, and children into four categories based on their weight:
- Healthy weight
Body mass index measures the amount of body fat you have based on your height and weight. If your adult weight is above the normal, healthy range for your height, and your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, you’re considered overweight. If your body weight is at least 20% higher than it should be for your height, you’re considered obese. Additionally, if your BMI is 30 or more, you’re also classified as obese.
Why is obesity such an epidemic in the United States?
Many Americans – adults and children alike – consume way too many calories each day and don’t get nearly enough exercise. The combination of eating too many calories, too many carbohydrates and sugars, along with a sedentary lifestyle, has more than doubled rates of obesity in the United States over the past 30 years.
When you eat more calories than you burn, your body stores the extra calories, leading to more instances of being overweight or obese. Additionally, your body may become unable to produce enough insulin (a hormone) to keep your blood sugar at a safe level.
Physical activity also has a significant effect on how your hormones function and your body’s ability to process food in a beneficial way. Studies show that physical exercise positively impacts your insulin levels to help keep them stable.
When your insulin levels are unstable, your body is less able to process glucose (blood sugar) — a condition that’s closely associated with weight gain. Ultimately, problems with insulin production and high blood sugar lead to diabetes, another health condition that’s closely related to obesity.
Additional causes of weight gain and obesity include:
- Not getting enough sleep for both adults and children
- Certain medications
- Eating bigger portions and larger amounts of fats and processed foods
- Confusing diet for nutrition
- Stress eating
- Eating a lot of fast food (less healthy than home-cooked meals)
How can I get help with obesity?
Dr. Anbar and the Center Point Medicine team take a comprehensive, whole-person approach to treating obesity. They understand the physical aspects as well as the emotional and psychological effects of being overweight. The medical team teaches patients of all ages to understand why they’re eating too much or living a sedentary lifestyle so they can change their behaviors and habits over time.
Hypnosis and counseling are helpful for adults and children when it comes to feeling less stressed about their health situation or developing better eating and exercise habits. The team at Center Point Medicine provides practical relaxation techniques through hypnosis to alleviate feelings of depression or anxiety, too.
If you want to learn more about treating obesity from a holistic perspective, call the office or schedule a consultation online.
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