ObesityThe United States leads the world in many areas. Unfortunately, obesity is one of them. Obesity is not just a problem in the United States, however, as it is a problem worldwide that affects significant proportion of the population of the world.

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What is Obesity or Overweight

What is Obesity or Overweight?

For adults, a “body mass index” (BMI) of 30 and over in general is considered to be obese although BMI may not be an ideal tool to determine the risk. It is far more important to understand the distribution of the weight, body fat composition etc. to understand the risks associated with Obesity.

Understanding the risks

You could be in nomal BMI range and but can still have metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes or even type 2 diabetes , and other diseases associated with weight such as cholesterol abnormalities. This is especially true if you have weight in the wrong areas such as the belly and upper part of the body.

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BMI is used because of the simplicity and for most people, it tends to correlate with their amount of body fat.

•An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
•An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
See the following table for an example.

Body body percentage is more important!

It is important to remember that although BMI correlates with the amount of body fat, BMI does not directly measure body fat. As a result, some people, such as athletes, may have a BMI that identifies them as overweight even though they do not have excess body fat.

Waist to hip ratio

Other methods of estimating body fat and body fat distribution include measurements of body composition analysis, skinfold thickness and waist circumference, calculation of waist-to-hip circumference ratios, and techniques such as ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The ideal waist to hip ratio for women should be 0.8 or lower and for men should be 1 or lower. That means, you should not have a big tummy or upper body weight for reducing the metabolic risks associated with weight.

How can W8MD weight loss in NYC Help?


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Why do people gain weight in NYC

  • Insulin Resistance
  • Hormonal Factors
  • Stress
  • Genetic Factors
  • Micronutrient Deficiencies
  • Energy Imbalance

Does my body shape matter?

You should be concerned not only with how much body fat a person has, but where the fat is located on the body.

Although not all, in general women tend to collect fat in their hips and buttocks, giving them a “pear” shape.

Apple versus Pear shape
Men usually build up fat around their bellies, giving t
adamhem more of an “apple” shape. Of course, some men are pear-shaped and some women are apple-shaped, due to insulin resistance or after menopause.

Metabolic Syndrome / Insulin Resistance
Extra fat around your midsection may put you at greater risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems—even if you have a normal weight. Your provider can help you assess your risk.

Your genes, the world around you, and other factors may all affect weight gain. Learn how to address these factors in the section “How can I improve my health?”

Family and the genes
Research shows that obesity tends to run in families, suggesting that genes may contribute to obesity. Families also share diet and lifestyle habits that may affect weight. However, it is possible to manage your weight even if obesity is common in your family.

The Environment and weight gain
Where people live, play, and work may also strongly affect their weight. Consider the fact that obesity rates were lower 30 years ago. Since that time, our genetic make-up hasn’t changed, but our world has.

The world around us affects access to healthy foods and places to walk and be active in many ways:
Many people drive rather than walk.

Where you live and weight gain

Living in areas without sidewalks or safe places to exercise may make it tough to be more active.
Many people eat out or get takeout instead of cooking, which may lead to eating more calories.
Most vending machines do not offer low-calorie, low-fat snacks.

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Income and Weight Gain

Overweight and obesity affect people in all income ranges. But people who live in low-income areas may face even greater barriers to eating healthy foods and being active than other people. High-calorie processed foods often cost less than healthier options, such as fruits and vegetables. There also may be few safe, free, or low-cost places nearby to be active on a regular basis. These factors may contribute to weight gain.

A person’s culture may also affect weight:
Some cultures have foods with a lot of fat or sugar, making it hard to manage weight.
Family events at which people eat large amounts of food may make it tough to control portions.

Sleep Related Factors
Research suggests that lack of sleep is linked to overweight and obesity. Recent studies have found that sleeping less may make it harder to lose weight. In these studies, adults who were trying to lose weight and who slept less ate more calories and snacked more.

Certain drugs may cause weight gain. Steroids and some drugs to treat depression or other mental health problems may make you burn calories more slowly or feel hungry. Be sure your health care provider knows all the medicines you are taking (including over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements). He or she may suggest another medicine that has less effect on weight.

Effects of excess weight

Weighing too much may increase the risk for several health problems. It also may contribute to emotional and social problems.

  • Health Risks of Obesity
    Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease, and certain cancers are some of the diseases linked to excess weight. Obese men are more likely than other men to develop cancer of the colon, rectum, or prostate. Obese women are more likely than other women to develop cancer of the breast (after menopause), gallbladder, uterus, or cervix. Cancer of the esophagus (the tube that carries food and liquids to the stomach) may also be linked to obesity.

Other obesity related medical conditions

  • breathing problems, including sleep apnea
  • fatty liver disease (also called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH)
  • gallbladder disease and gallstones
  • pregnancy problems, such as gestational diabetes (high blood sugar during pregnancy), high blood pressure, and increased risk for cesarean section (C-section)
  • Emotional and Social Effects

Emotional Problems and Obesity
Excess weight may also contribute to emotional suffering. Physical beauty and how a person looks are highly valued in society. People who may not fit society’s view of beauty because of their weight may be seen as less attractive.

Blame the victim mentality

Some people tend to “blame the victim” for obesity and think obese people eat too much and lack will power. Although it is not true, unfortunately, some people in our culture may view a person with obesity as lacking willpower, people with obesity may face limited options in the job market, at school, and in social situations. They may feel rejected, ashamed, or depressed.

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New York City

ObesityThe city of New York is one of the most happening places on Earth, the largest city, and financial capital of the United States. Home to the New York Giants, and Yankees, New York is also known as the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, Emerald City, to name a few. Everything happens at a past pace in New York and as such, New Yorkers expect quick results when it comes to losing weight. They have no time to waste on fad diets and useless gimmicks for diet or weight loss.Three things wrong with our diet

Obesity in New York

More than half of all adult New Yorkers are either overweight overweight (34%) or obesity (22%) bringing the total that either overweight or obese in NYC to about 56% and growing.

Obesity epidemic in the US

Nationwide, obesity is an epidemic affecting about 40% of the entire adult population with another 30% overweight bringing the total of overweight and obese adults to a staggering 70%, according to the latest obesity statistics from Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Causes of weight gain in NYC

Obesity is a complex medical disease and all that are overweight or obese are at the same risk. Some overweight or obese are at higher health risk compared to others based on the distribution of their weight. That is why a measurement of waist circumference is a good measure of health risks associated with obesity, such as metabolic syndrome.

Some of the causes of weight gain

  • Food and Activity – You heard it before, you gain weight when you eat more calories than what you burn, although the reality is more complex that that.
  • Environment – the environment can influence our ability to maintain a healthy weight
  • Genetics plays a part in obesity
  • Health Conditions and Medications also play an important role
  • Stress, Emotional Factors, and Poor Sleep.
  • Metabolic Factors such as insulin resistance play a huge role, according to Dr. Prab R Tumpati, MD, founder of W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa centers. Affecting over 70% of the entire population, insulin resistance is the real reason why many cannot seem to lose weight or have slower metabolism, crave carbs, or otherwise stuck in their weight.

Benefits of losing weight in NYC

  • Why bother to lose weight?
  • Are there any health benefits to losing weight?
  • Is it worth it to try to lose weight?

The answer is a resounding yes, as there are over 50 different medical conditions the risk of which increases with obesity and losing even a small amount of weight loss can have significant health benefit. However, fad diets or quick fixes do not work.

Change in lifestyle is key

For most people are obese, it requires a lifetime of maintaining the weight after losing it. It is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix, uou may need to commit to permanent changes of healthier eating, regular physical activity, and an improved food habits.

Weight loss success storiesSome of the conditions that are related to obesity include the following:

  • type 2 diabetes.
  • high blood pressure.
  • heart disease and strokes.
  • many types of cancer.
  • sleep apnea.
  • osteoarthritis.
  • fatty liver disease.
  • kidney disease.

Options to lose weight in NYC

  • How is obesity treated?
  • What really works for losing weight?
  • What are the 5 proven measures to lose weight in NYC?

Here are the 5 proven measures to treat obesity

Obesity is treated using one or more of these
„ a diet low in calories such as VLCD diet for rapid weight loss
„ increased physical activity (works only in combination with a diet)
„ behavior therapy to change eating habits
„ prescription medications
„ weight-loss surgery

Is a physician weight loss program right for you to lose weight in New York City?

If you have tried many fad diets and ready to use the help of trained and experienced obesity medicine physicians, you should consider the unique, evidence based physician supervised, non-surgical weight loss program by W8MD.

How can W8MD’s Physician Weight Loss Program Help me lose weight fast in NYC?

  • W8MD is not an average weight loss program – we custom design a weight loss plan that is right for you
  • We offer behavioral treatment, also called lifestyle counseling.
  • We will teach you how to develop and stick with healthier eating and physical activity habits
  • We also believe in getting enough sleep, managing stress for best weight loss results
  • We also offer FDA approved prescription weight-loss medicines when appropriate
  • We offer ongoing feedback, monitoring, and support throughout the program,
  • We believe in  slow and steady weight-loss goals
  • We offer a long term plan for keeping the weight off once you reach your goal
  • We accept most health insurances for visits and our additional program cost of just $50.00 biweekly is one the lowest in the greater New York City
  • Prescription medications such as Phentermine and Topiramate if dispensed in office are are complimentary

For the past 10 plus years, we have served and helped thousands of residents of greater New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania not only lose weight but also to keep it off! Give us a call today at 718 946 5500. What have you got to lose besides your weight?Weight loss NYC

List of areas and neighborhoods we serve for physician medical weight loss in New York City

We serve all the 5 boroughs of New York City with two convenient locations in Brooklyn, and Manhattan.Diet

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Manhattan weight loss

Although Manhattan is the leanest of the five boroughs in the city of New York, it has its share of the overweight or obese. While some may need to lose a lot of weight to get to their goal, some others may only need to lose the last few pounds.

Losing weight in Manhattan, NYC

Unfortunately, the last few pounds are the hardest to lose. If you are looking for an evidence based medical weight loss program in Manhattan that is inexpensive and affordable, you may want to consider the popular W8MD(pronounced W’eight’MD).

Obesity in NYC

Just as the nation fights an obesity epidemic, the big apple has it’s share of the overweight and obese. According to the statistics, Yorkers have overweight (34%) or obesity (22%).

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Definitions of obesity and overweight status

Being overweight or obese is a relative term. In general, if your weight is higher than what is considered normal for your height, and age, you are considered overweight. The simplest way to measure if a person is overweight or obese is to check the Body Mass Index or BMI.

  • BMI of <18.5, is within the underweight range.
  • BMI of 18.5 to <25, is within the normal range.
  • BMI of 25.0 to <30, is within the overweight range.
  • BMI of 30.0 or higher, is within the obese range.

Obesity is further subdivided into categories:

You can use a BMI calculator to check if you might be overweight or obese.

Proven options for weight loss in NYC

Although there are many fad diets, and over 20,000 books written on the topic, there are only about 5 things that are proven for weight loss

Obesity is treated using one or more of these strategies: „ a diet low in calories „ increased physical activity together with a low calorie diet „ behavior therapy „ prescription medications „ weight-loss surgery

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Insurance coverage for weight loss NYC

Did you know that most insurances do cover weight loss doctor visits and any tests?

Cost of a weight loss program in NYC

At W8MD’s physician weight loss program in Manhattan and Brooklyn, we accept most insurances for visits with a program fee on top of insurance of just $50.00 biweekly. There is no extra cost for any weight loss medications dispensed in office as they are complementary.

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Why use our weight loss program in Manhattan

  • We accept most insurances for visits
  • Minimal program fee of just $50.00 biweekly on top of insurance
  • Two convenient locations in NYC in Brooklyn and Manhattan
  • Convenient evening and weekend hours
  • Amazing success stories
  • Experience weight loss doctors for losing weight in NYC

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