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What is Obesity?

Obesity is a growing concern in the United States. In recent years, the medical community has instituted new approaches to patient care that enhance health outcomes. Understanding what obesity is and how it is treated can help you and others link with effective resources in New Jersey and around the world. Located in Montclair, the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy, the “Premiere Bariatric Surgical Institute in New Jersey”, offers obesity management.

Obesity is a complex disease that is often overlooked and misunderstood. Like other diseases, obesity requires a comprehensive patient-centered approach to treatment.

The definition of obesity extends far beyond just a person’s weight. The clinical definition of obesity is a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or higher. BMI takes into consideration a person’s weight and height.

Health Effects of Obesity

The list of health issues related to obesity is quite extensive. Some of the most common adverse effects of obesity are:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke, heart attack, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure
  • Certain cancers
  • Premature death in adults (65 years old or younger)
  • Respiratory disease
  • Bone and joint problems

How is Obesity Treated?

Improper diet and exercise are often the leading causes of obesity.  Food intake and lifestyle habits may be related to emotional issues that can be addressed with nutrition and professional counseling. Sometimes obesity can also be affected by genetics. Effective obesity treatment focuses on the individual as much as it does the proper diet and exercise regimen. Oftentimes, many patients benefit from modifications made with bariatric surgery.

Preparing for Obesity Treatment

As you move forward on your weight loss journey, you must remain committed to the required lifestyle changes. Your physician, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and bariatric surgeon may provide you with dietary recommendations that you should follow. Additionally, you will be required to follow a regular exercise schedule. These can be substantial changes for many people. The Center for Bariatric Endoscopy offers nutritional counseling to help you prepare for and follow through with obesity management.

Follow-Up After Obesity Treatment

The success of your obesity treatment relies on continued follow-ups with your physician, bariatric surgeon, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and other professionals. These individuals not only monitor your progress, but also help keep you motivated in your weight loss efforts

How Much Does Obesity Treatment Cost?

Many of the services offered for obesity management may be covered by your medical insurance. Check with your plan to see what benefits are available. The Center for Bariatric Endoscopy supports your choice to manage your obesity. If your insurance carrier does not offer obesity related benefits please consider financing. You may also want to connect with organizations that specialize in helping bariatric patients afford their surgery, such as the Obesity Action Coalition.

Is Obesity Treatment Right for Me?

If you have been clinically diagnosed with obesity, and are struggling to achieve a healthy weight, it may be time to consider asking for help. The comprehensive range of services and exceptional support that you receive will keep you engaged in your weight loss journey.

Why Choose Dr. Sohail N. Shaikh for Obesity Treatment?

Dr. Shaikh and the staff at the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy are passionate about the success of their patients. Dr. Shaikh is a leading expert in bariatric endoscopic procedures and obesity treatment. He offers the professional knowledge and guidance you need to stay on track with your weight loss goals.

What to Expect During Your Obesity Treatment Consultation

Your personal consultation with Dr. Shaikh focuses on your medical history, current medical conditions, medications and efforts to lose weight. Because of his experience with obese patients, Dr. Shaikh is uniquely positioned to offer helpful information that applies to your individual circumstances. He also develops a treatment plan that includes all aspects of obesity treatment.

Obesity among adults is a growing problem in the United States. Patients face a difficult road when considering weight loss. At the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy, we understand your challenges and have the expertise you need to succeed. Contact us today.

 

“Individual results may vary.  Results are not guaranteed with this or any other procedure. Any weight loss procedure should be accompanied with nutritional counselling and an appropriate diet and exercise program.”