Obesity care in Maple Ridge, BC

Obesity can be a tricky and stressful thing to handle. As your body transitions and metabolism slows, learning to alter your habits to fit your changing body can be challenging. If you notice a significant change in your weight and BMI, you may be in need of obesity care you may be in need of obesity care with a practitioner.

What is obesity?

Obesity is a complex chronic disease where abnormal or excess body fat (adiposity) that impairs health increases the risk of long-term medical complications, and decreases life span. However, due to individual differences in body composition, body fat distribution and function, the threshold to which adiposity impairs health is highly variable among adults. If your body mass index (BMI) exceeds 30, expressed in units of kg/m2, you might fall into the categories of overweight or obese. However, relying solely on BMI for assessment can be challenging as it does not consider variations in muscle mass, bone structure,  leading to potentially inaccurate results. Obesity is a more serious condition than being overweight, usually defined by a BMI of 30 or higher. If you discover yourself in this scenario, seeking guidance and counseling from your provider would be prudent.

What health concerns are associated with obesity?

If obesity is not regularly monitored by a health professional and a treatment plan created, it may worsen. Obesity causes several complications, moderate to severe, and leads to other, more serious diseases. Some of these include:

  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • cancer
  • stroke
  • coronary artery disease

How can you treat obesity?

Depending upon the cause of your obesity, your doctor and/or practitioner will customize a treatment plan just for you. Plans are rarely the same. Some include medication changes, diet plans, exercise, lifestyle and behavior changes, and, in more severe cases, surgery. We urge our patients to note that while quick fixes like “yo-yo dieting” and “fad diets” may seem like a great idea, in the long run, they can be hazardous to your health. Additionally, these short-term fixes ultimately can cause a patient to gain back all of or more weight than before. Identifying a healthy, personalized treatment plan that you are comfortable with is key to long-lasting success.

Schedule a consultation at Fraser Medical Clinic

To learn more about obesity care from our team of experts, please call our Maple Ridge office at (604) 463-1300 for a consultation.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.