Successful weight management is not a simple task. It takes dedication, hard work, and most of the time a serious lifestyle change. Usually there is a specific reason for the weight gain and in almost 25% of the patients we test we find an unknown underlying health issue that can usually easily be treated. GHI Medical has helped over 29,000 patients lose weight safely, while teaching them with our interactive tools, books, and educational material so they learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
We are specialists in the HCG weight loss program which was first introduced in the 60ís and has helped millions lose weight over the past decades. Since 2007, our doctors have modified the original protocol and we have developed and added special supplemental products that help people quickly and safely achieve the results they wanted.
The first question you need to ask yourself when it comes to weight management is; Are You at Risk?
Obesity is much more than a cosmetic problem; it can cause psychological suffering and serious health hazards. In fact, overweight and physical inactivity account for more than 300,000 premature deaths each year in the U.S., second only to tobacco-related deaths.
A popular tool, the Body Mass Index (BMI), helps define healthy weight, overweight and obesity. BMI ranges are based on the effect body weight has on disease and death. BMI is used to screen and monitor a population to detect risk of health or nutritional disorders. On an individual basis, other data must be used to determine if a high BMI is associated with increased risk of disease and death for that person.
As we pointed out in Overweight vs. Obesity, a healthy BMI for adults is between 18.5 and 24.9. Please click here to see a sample BMI chart.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Individuals with a BMI of 25 or greater are considered at risk for premature death and disability as a consequence of overweight and obesity.
It is also important to realize that the BMI is not always accurate. People who are in above average shape, eating a good diet, and work out regularly will tend to have more muscle which is heavier and completely offsets the BMI calculation. For these people a more accurate guideline would be total body fat percentage. This can be measured several different ways and the personal trainer at a good gym can probably provide you an accurate number. An excellent body fat measurement for adult men would be between 10% and 14% and for adult women it is between 16% and 19%.
Below, we have listed the diseases and health problems associated with excess weight. Please keep in mind that these health risks increase even more as the severity of an individual's obesity increases.
In addition to the aforementioned health risks, there are also psychological and social effects associated with obesity. For many people, emotional suffering is one of the most painful parts of obesity.
Our society places great emphasis on physical appearance, often equating attractiveness with slimness, especially for women. Messages of thinness are conveyed repeatedly in all forms of media, making overweight people feel unattractive.
Many people label obese individuals as gluttonous and lazy, even though this is not true. As a direct result to these labels, obese people often face prejudice or discrimination in the job market, at school, and in social situations. With this prejudice and discrimination, come feelings of rejection, shame, and depression.
Preventing additional weight gain is recommended if your BMI is greater than 25, unless you have other risk factors. Obesity experts recommend you try to lose weight if you have two or more of the following:
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