Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to living a long and happy life, but about one in three adults and 17% of children struggle with obesity. The friendly and knowledgeable team at Linden Medical Group provides weight management services to patients in Clifton and Linden, New Jersey. Call the office or book an appointment online today to get started on a weight management plan for better health.
Obesity and overweight are two terms that describe body weight above what’s considered healthy for a particular height. Obesity is also a chronic health problem in the United States. According to the latest statistics, one-third of American adults are obese, while another one-third are overweight.
Whether you are overweight or obese is determined by your body mass index (BMI). You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. An easier way to do this is to search for a free BMI calculator online.
Your provider at Linden Medical Group may discuss your standing when they measure your height and weight during a routine wellness visit. If you are determined to be overweight or obese, they work with you to develop a weight management plan to achieve a healthy body size.
Many people focus on the aesthetic aspects of weight loss but losing weight influences much more than your appearance. Being overweight or obese increases your risk for many severe and long-term health problems, such as:
Being overweight or obese also increases your risk for certain cancers, including colon and breast cancer. People who are overweight or obese suffer more body pains and generally experience a lower quality of life.
First, the team at Linden Medical Group performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your medical history. They may take blood tests to check for medical conditions that can cause weight gain, such as thyroid disease.
They ask questions about lifestyle habits, such as how often you exercise and what foods you typically eat. Then, they develop a customized weight management plan to improve your overall health.
Depending on your particular needs, a weight management plan may include:
Trying to lose weight can seem overwhelming, but the Linden Medical Group's compassionate team guides you in your journey. To take the first step on the path to a healthier life, call the office or book an appointment online today.