Understanding Chronic Obesity

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Understanding Chronic Obesity

Obesity is more than simply carrying extra weight. It’s a chronic health condition that affects nearly 42% of American adults — and it goes far beyond lifestyle choices like diet and exercise.

In fact, obesity presents unique challenges that require a comprehensive understanding and targeted treatment approaches, and our team at Transformed Medical Weight Loss Solutions offers both.

We specialize in weight loss and understand the complex factors contributing to chronic obesity. Read on to learn more about obesity, its causes, and how medical support can help you achieve lasting success and better health.

What is chronic obesity?

Chronic obesity is a condition that poses a significant risk to your overall health. Medical professionals generally define obesity as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. It comes with an elevated risk of some serious health problems, including:

  • Certain cancers
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis and other joint issues

Along with these health risks, excess adipose (fat) tissue doesn’t just store energy. It can act as an active endocrine organ, releasing inflammatory molecules into your body that can exacerbate pre-existing health issues.

Understanding the causes of chronic obesity

Previously, lifestyle choices like an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise were considered the main causes of weight gain and obesity. And while it’s true that diet and physical activity play pivotal roles in weight management, the roots of obesity run much deeper.

Additional factors that contribute to chronic obesity include:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Socioeconomic factors
  • Psychological influences

Collectively, these factors contribute to chronic obesity alongside lifestyle choices. For example, people with a genetic inclination toward obesity may struggle to regulate their weight despite maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Hormone imbalances can affect how your body stores fat or regulates feelings of hunger and satiety. Leptin and ghrelin control hunger and satiety respectively, and an imbalance in these hormones can contribute to overeating.

Socioeconomic factors, including limited access to nutritious foods and safe spaces for physical activity, can hinder your weight management efforts. Last but not least, emotional factors like stress, anxiety, and depression can trigger unhealthy eating patterns and perpetuate the cycle of weight gain.

How medical weight loss management can help you regain control

Chronic obesity is a complex condition, and managing your weight alone can be impossible. The good news? You don’t have to do it alone.

Finding a weight loss solution for chronic obesity isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. It requires a collaborative effort between you and your doctors, and our experienced team at Transformed Medical Weight Loss Solutions is ready to help.

We combine compassionate care with cutting-edge technology to evaluate your unique needs. Through a comprehensive assessment, we identify the underlying factors contributing to chronic obesity and take an empathetic and effective approach.

Body scanning

Body scanning is an invaluable tool when it comes to treating chronic obesity. This noninvasive medical imaging test provides a comprehensive view of your body's composition, including fat, muscle, and bone tissue distribution.

Body scanning offers a more precise assessment than traditional methods like BMI, which don’t differentiate between fat and muscle mass. This technology helps us tailor interventions to your individual needs, making weight loss strategies more effective.

Personalized weight loss plans

Leveraging the insights provided by body scanning, we work with you to develop a customized weight loss plan. Our medically supervised programs consider your unique metabolic profile, medical history, and body composition.

We monitor your progress closely, making adjustments as necessary and offering continuous support. Our goal is to help you shed excess weight, improve your overall health, and set realistic goals along the way.

Chronic obesity extends beyond surface-level assumptions — and achieving better health requires a personalized, compassionate approach. To learn more about treating obesity and starting a journey to a healthier you, schedule an appointment at Transformed Medical Weight Loss Solutions.

Call our Brooklyn, New York office at 718-400-9155 or request a consultation online now.