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Obesity is the excessive accumulation of weight that exceeds the body's skeletal and physical standards. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) defines obesity as "a lifelong progressive, life-threatening, costly, genetically related, multi-factorial disease of excess adipose tissue storage." It's the No. 2 cause of preventable death in the United States.
People are considered obese if their body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher. Although it has a simple definition, obesity is a very complex health condition that's caused by a combination of many factors. It occurs as a result of food and physical behaviors, but it's also influenced by environmental, economic, societal and genetic factors.
Science also shows that our bodies undergo genetic changes in response to our environment. Stress and lack of sleep impact our hormones, which influence hunger response, adipose tissue storage and ultimately, our weight.
Obesity can be managed through a combination of lifestyle adjustments, medical interventions and weight loss surgery. The first step is to speak with your primary care provider about your overall health and explore ways to manage your weight. Losing even a small amount of weight can improve your health and reduce certain risks if you are obese.
Available treatment options as part of Main Line Health's Comprehensive Weight and Wellness Program include:
With a holistic view of your health condition, your lifestyle and behaviors, personal health goals and even your budget, our team will determine whether a conservative or intensive weight loss program is recommended, and will work with you to decide what aspects of the program will potentially deliver the best results for you, based on your needs.
Gastric bypass surgery is a minimally invasive method in which the surgery is done through several small cuts in the abdomen. The “bypass” involves creating a small “new” stomach that gets connected to part of the small intestine, bypassing the normal digestive process, leading to significant, long-term weight loss.
The weight loss doctors and specialists at Main Line Health in the western suburbs of Philadelphia want you to know that we can help—and we are experts in weight loss that actually works, for a lifetime. Find a weight loss doctor near me.
When hormones are out of balance, you can experience a wide range of problems. Main Line Health endocrinologists can help assess your needs and provide care for any endocrinology and metabolism conditions.
Meet Main Line Health’s dietitians to learn how you can eat well for life and potentially prevent adverse health conditions through changes in your diet.
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