Obesity Q & A
You’re not alone if you struggle with your weight: Nearly 70% of adults in the United States are overweight and 37% are obese, and these statistics continue to rise. Leslie Ware, PA-C, and her team at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, in Charlotte, North Carolina, understand that lack of support may be why you’re having such a difficult time losing weight. Because of this, they offer an annual membership program so you get the support and medical guidance you need to invest in lasting health. Call today or schedule an appointment.
What is obesity?
Obesity is a medical condition characterized by an excess in body fat that increases your risk of chronic health issues. But the good news is, obesity can be reversed.
If your weight is greater than what is considered healthy for your height, you may be considered overweight or obese. Ms. Ware and her team at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, use the body mass index (BMI) as a screening tool to assess weight status.
The BMI is a number calculated based on your height and weight, and your number indicates:
- Less than 18.5: underweight
- 18.5 to less than 25: normal weight
- 25 to 30: overweight
- Greater than 30: obese
- If your BMI is 40 or higher, you’re considered severely obese.
Your BMI doesn’t directly measure your body fat, but the number is a good indicator of excess fat and the associated health risk factors.
What are the health risks of obesity?
Obesity isn’t just about how you look. Carrying excess weight and fat also increases your risk of developing chronic health conditions. Some of the most common health issues related to obesity include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Joint pain
- Breathing disorders
- Erectile dysfunction and gynecological issues
- Carrying excess weight also affects your quality of life and may affect your mental health.
What can I do to lose weight and improve my health?
PA Ware and her team at Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, understand the obstacles you face when it comes to your weight and reaching your goals. When you join the medical membership program, they provide you with a plan, support, and regular feedback to help you stay on track until you reach your weight-loss goals.
Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, helps you manage all the issues you face when it comes losing weight, including:
- How to understand new food labels
- Tips on making healthy eating fit your budget
- Eating on the go
- Meal planning and prepping
- Understanding the effect of processed food on your health
At Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, the focus is on helping you make lifestyle changes to optimize health, reduce your need for medication, and prevent chronic illness. Obesity is a preventable risk factor for illness that you can control with the right help.
For compassionate care, call Alpha Health & Wellness, DPC, today or leave a message here to request a free consultation.