What is obesity?

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.

BMI for Obesitycdc-obesity-stats

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.

Free online tools for Obesity

How do I know my risk related to weight?

Are there any free online tools I can use?

Use this free online insulin resistance calculator available on W8MD website to determine your risk!

•The individual’s waist circumference (because abdominal fat is a predictor of risk for obesity-related diseases).

•Other risk factors the individual has for diseases and conditions associated with obesity such as high blood pressure, prediabetes or diabetes, cholesterol abnormalities, especially elevated triglycerides.

How can W8MD Help?

Obesity in New York City

Obesity in New York City

W8MD is a physician supervised medical weight loss program that is tailored to your needs. Using evidence based methods, W8MD physicians can help you lose weight safely and effectively under careful physician supervision. And the best part of the program is that most W8MD programs accept health insurance for the physician visits!

Our physicians have received a thorough education in the field of bariatric medicine dealing with non- surgical medical weight loss. We also provide extensive counselling on wellness for individuals, families, and small businesses to help keep you healthy.

We can prescribe approprite FDA approved weight loss medications or diet pills whenever clinically appropriate as determined by the weight loss physician after a physical examination and or any tests such as EKG, or simple blood work. Our W8MD (weightMD) weigth loss office in Brooklyn is accessible to all 5 boroughs of New York City. Due to popular demand, we only acccept about 10 new patients a week at this time. Call 718-946-5500 for more information or to make an appointment. You can also book appointments online.

W8MD’s physician weight loss program in New York City

Lap band surgery versus a medical weight management program – which is better?

Are you a bit overweight or obese and considering your options?

8 things to try before going for a

lap band or gastric by pass surgery

Consult with a bariatric or obesity medicine physician to see if a non-surgical or medical program might be appropriate for you.

A medical or non-surgical program might be appropriate if you might have a medical reason for weight gain such as insulin resistance, hormonal, nutritional, medication, sleep disorders, or other medical causes of weight gain that can be reversed under careful medical supervision with a medical weight loss physician such as a W8MD Medical Weight Loss Physician in your area!

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W8MD’s NYC insurance medical weight loss

  1. Try a non-surgical program for about 3-6 months first
  2. If you have identifiable medical causes for weight loss, work with a weight loss medical doctor to help reverse these
  3. If you have a sleep problem, try correcting these
  4. Also, consult with with a medical bariatrician, psychogolist or psychiatrist that can identify any eating disorders.
  5. If your BMI is under 40, you may need to try the medical weight loss program any way
  6. If you have elevated triglycerides, low good cholesterol, prediabetes, try the medical program under the careful monitorying of a bariatric or obesity medicine physician. If you cannot lose the weight after 3-6 months, and have a body mass index in the severe category, consider lap band, sleep or gastric bypass surgery.
  7. If you have contra-indications for gastric bypass such as cardiovascular disease, fatty liver, or other problems, you would have to do a medical program anyway.
  8. If you have never tried a medical program, given the lower risks and potential long term benefits, you should try a medical weight loss program, preferably one that works with you insurance such as W8MD, before you consider surgical options.

What is lab band surgery for weight loss?

Laparoscopic gastric banding is surgery to help with weight loss where a surgeon places a band around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch to hold food. The band limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small amounts of food.

What are the risk of Lap Band Surgery for weight loss?
Weight-loss surgery may increase your risk for gallstones, and can also cause other long term band related complications such as band erosions. While it might be appropriate for some, it is not a “quick fix” for obesity.

What are the risks associated with gastric banding surgery for weight loss:

  • Gastric band erodes through the stomach
  • Gastric band may slip partly out of place
  • Gastritis (inflamed stomach lining), heartburn, or stomach ulcers
  • Infection in the port, which may need antibiotics or surgery
  • Injury to your stomach, intestines, or other organs during surgery
  • Poor nutrition
  • Scarring inside your belly, which could lead to a blockage in your bowel
  • Your surgeon may not be able to reach the access port to tighten or loosen the band
  • Vomiting from eating more than your stomach pouch can hold

How can W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers Of Americas insurance medical weight loss program help?

Under the direction of an Obesity Medicine or medical weight loss doctor, W8MD Weight Loss Centers unique insurance physician weight loss program can make a difference.  The doctor’s of W8MD partner with each patient to develop a custom
weight management program to best meet their individual needs taking into account their medical history, lifestyle and goals.

Sleep Disorders and Weight Gain

Since weight and sleep go together, most of the W8MD centers are able to address sleep issues such as snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia and restless leg syndrome to name a few. And the best part of the program is that most insurance’s cover the doctor visits.

Most insurances accepted for weight loss in New York City, also in PA at King Of Prussia and New York City. Call 1(800)w8md-007 for more information.

Free tips and weight loss information for healthy living and weight loss

Free tips and weight loss information for healthy living and weight loss 

Eating healthy and losing weight with W8MD

Eating healthy and losing weight with W8MD




    1. Aim for changes you can stick with long term such as cutting down your portions
    2. Never eat out of the bag or box, or drink straight from the bottle
    3. Always put food on a plate and pour your drink into a glass
    4. Don’t eat in front of the TV or computer
    5. You’re more likely to overeat if your attention is on something else
    6. Try to eat in one place, preferably at the table
    7. Stay away from sugary drinks
    8. •One 20-ounce sugary drink has about 250 empty
    9. calories (no nutritional value)
    10. Drink water, unsweetened tea


  1. Eat more meals at home as it is easier to control what you eat when you prepare your own food
  2. Home-cooked meals are usually more nutritious and less expensive 
  3. Keep it interesting; try new, healthy foods – for example, fruits, vegetables or whole grains you’ve never tried
  4. Check the labels on packaged foods, especially serving size and calories per serving
  5. Remember, most adults need 2,000 or fewer calories a day
  6. Choose smaller portions when eating out 
  7. Some restaurant entrees and fast-food meals have more than 1,500 calories – almost as many calories as you should have 
  8. for the whole day! 
  9. When you do eat out, watch out for large portions
  10. Share a main course with a friend, or take half home
  11. Order a small size whenever you can
  12. Choose healthier items, like salad (but ask for dressing on the side)
  13. Eat more fruits and vegetables
  14. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables
  15. They help keep you healthy – and fill you up on very few calories
  16. Choose high-fiber foods: fruits, vegetables, beans and lentils, and whole-grain cereals, breads and pasta. 
  17. Have a broth-based soup or green salad at the start of a meal 
  18. Eat slowly – it takes about 20 minutes to start feeling full
  19. People who eat too fast often eat too many calories
  20. Avoid unhealthy, and high glycemic snacks like cookies, candy or chips
  21. If you must snack, choose fresh fruit or vegetables
  22. Get moving as regular physical activity improves mood and health – even if you don’t lose weight
  23. Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week, such as brisk walking or biking
  24. Just walking burns calories, improves heart health and strengthens muscles

Lose Weight Safely And Fast NYC

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Weight loss appointments

Weight loss centers that accept insurance
Pennsylvania –Philadelphia Weight Loss
 Poly-Tech Sleep and W8MD Insurance Weight Loss Center: 1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115


Our farthest patient comes from Nassau, Bahamas! Testimonials!

Philadelphia weight loss doctor

King of Prussia Weight Loss

Poly-Tech Sleep and W8MD Weight Loss Center at King Of Prussia: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087


Our farthest patient comes from Delaware! Testimonials

New York City Weight Loss

W8MD’s NYC Insurance Weight Loss & Sleep Center at Sleep Medical Associates, PLLC, 2003, Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11214


Our farthest patient comes from Dallas, Texas! Testimonials

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New Jersey Weight Loss

W8MD medical weight loss program at Vida Sleep Center of Dr. Felix Roque’s office at 543, 45th Street, Union City, New Jersey. 543 45th St, Union City, NJ  07087

(201) 766-6469.

This center bills out of network for insurance.

The best weight loss program

Are you searching for the best weight loss program in New York City area? 

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Before and after losing weight NYC *Results may vary.

  • What is the best weight loss program in New York City?
  • What is the safest weight loss program?
  • How to lose weight fast?
  • Lose weight quick!
  • Help me lose weight!

Sounds familiar? If so, you are at the right place.

Here are 8 reasons that make our W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program in New York City!

The best weight loss program in New York City

  1. Unlike other cash only programs, we accept health insurance
  2. We are flexible and offer custom individualized weight loss plans that fit any budget from no products, medications or supplements to any of the products, weight loss medications, meal replacements, and other weight loss supplements
  3. No setup fees or bligations
  4. No painful injections, procedures or surgeries
  5. Fellowship trained Obesity Medicine Physician
  6. Able to address any underlying sleep problems
  7. Address insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, diabetes, and provide extensive counseling, support, and information you need.
  8. Amazing results and out standing third party reviews such as on Zocdoc

W8MD’s Insurance Covered Medical Weight Loss Program Now In New York City

Inexpensive, individualized, Medically Supervised and Insurance Covered Medical Weight Loss Plan With All of The Right Ingredients. a loss of between 2-5 pounds a week with nutritious, easy to prepare, pre-portioned, low-glycemic food. a consultation, under the guidance of Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, a fellowship trained bariatric, sleep and internal medicine physician with experience in treating obesity, its associated conditions and a wide variety of sleep disorders.

Our Medical Weight Loss Services

  • FDA Approved weight loss prescription medications / diet pills / appetite suppressants
  • 800-1500 Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) or Low Calorie Diet as protein bars, shakes, smoothies, and other weight loss supplements.
  • We also offer prescription weight loss medication that are FDA approved.
  • We provide instruction on nutritional programs teaching you: about metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance and whether you are at risk.
  • The proper amount of low glycemic foods you should be eating on a daily basis to fit your needs.
  • How often, and the proper times you should be eating during the day.
  • The correct food combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates.

Located on the Second Floor at 2003 Bath Avenue, in Northeast New York City, PA  19115 we are a state of the art; American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) accredited comprehensive sleep diagnostic and wellness center.

We also have an office in Wayne (King Of Prussia) (King Of Prussia). Other locations for W8MD’s program in many other states can be found on W8MD’s website at http://www.w8md.com

718-946-5500 is the number to call to set up a consultation today.  Most insurances are accepted or if not, a consultation is only $90.00.  What have you got to lose except those extra unwanted pounds?  Check out our website at www.w8md.com

“Let Food Be Your Medicine, Medicine Be Your Food” – Hippocrates!

Let Insurance Pay For Your Weight Loss Visits

Insurance medical weight loss

W8MD’s NYC insurance medical weight loss


As one of the very few medical weight loss and wellness programs to accept health insurance for the physician visits, W8MD’s physician supervised medical weight loss program has helped a lot of obese or overweight patients lose weight safely and effectively.

FDA Approved Weight Loss Medications

Using FDA approved weight loss medications or the generic combination of this drug to make it more affordable, or the traditional weight loss medications under careful physician supervision.

Insulin Resistance / Metabolic Syndrome / Pre-diabetes

Did you know that 1 in 3 people have insulin resistance and are considered “pre” diabetic? Studies have shown that up to 90% of Diabetes, 80% of cardiovascular disease, and 60% of cancers can be prevented through losing weight and other lifestyle interventions! Losing as little as 5-10% of your body weight will help you reduce risk of heart attacks, diabetes and even some cancers.

Obesity Medicine Physician Supervised and Safe Weight Loss

Sleep Medical Associates Sleep and W8MD Medical Weight Loss Center is a physician supervised medical weight loss, Sleep Disorder Management and Wellness Clinic in New York City is aimed at addressing the complex metabolic, Nutritional, hormonal, stress, and sleep related factors under the careful supervision of a physician trained in the new field of obesity medicine – Dr Prab R. Tumpati. As one of the very few physicians with a fellowship training in the new field of obesity medicine, in addition to his training and board certifications in Sleep and Internal Medicine, Dr. Tumpati is very passionate about educating the public on the effects of Obesity on health and benefits of weight loss.

Evidence Based And Not a Fad Diet

Unlike the many cash only weight loss clinics, most w8md Medical weight loss centers accept health insurance for the Visits so you can lose the weight safely and your insurance Might pay for the visits. W8MD Weight Loss Centers is a physician supervised medical weight loss and wellness program designed by two physicians with extensive experience and training in the new field of Obesity Medicine. Our Medical director, Dr. Prab R. Tumpati has passed a written board examination in the field of Obesity Medicine and is also Board Certified in Sleep Medicine and Internal Medicine.

Sleep Disorders and Weight Gain

Prab R Tumpati, MD

Prab R Tumpati, MD
Founder, W8MD medical weight loss centers

Since weight and sleep go together, most of the W8MD centers are able to address sleep issues such as snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia and restless leg syndrome to name a few.

Why Pay Out Of Pocket When Insurance Covers It? And the best part of the program is that W8MD accepts health insurance for the visits unlike many other cash only programs. Did you know that most insurances do have coverage for obesity screening and treatment, thanks to the 2010 Affordable Care Act?

Check out our website at www.w8md.com to learn more about us or call 1-800-W8MD-007. If you have a little or a lot of weight to lose and want to do it without surgery, set up fees and mandatory meal replacements or appetite suppressants, think W8MD for weight loss.

Physicians Join W8MD Network Of Weight Loss Physicians

And, if you are a physician, with an interest in helping your obese or overweight patients lose weight, and would like to add a W8MD program at your office, please feel free to contact us. Our no start-up cost, comprehensive weight loss program can help your patients lose weight safely, and learn about healthy lifestyle choices under your supervision.


W8MD Medical Weight Loss Testimonials – New York City

New York City Weight Loss Testimonial – 1

My name is Harry, and a little history up front might explain my enthusiasm. I am 63 years of age and still working in a physical capacity as a maintenance mech/tech, and my joints are noticeably pain free and I’m feeling more agile. Another plus is my sleep partner has commented I’m snoring less.

I’m currently a W8MD Client for 12 weeks and have lost 27.5 pounds. In that time frame, I’ve managed to surpass my goal weight and am now embarking on losing an additional 20 pounds for purely selfish reasons. I’m feeling and looking good, and casual acquaintances are also commenting which is encouraging.

I feel with the continued guidance of Dr. Tumpati and assistant Laura, I fully expect to attain my goal. I have impending abdominal surgery to schedule which was my determining factor to lose the weight. I figure post-op rehab will be tolerable. I also recognize the opportunity presented to get myself back in shape and I’ll not waste it.

So what do you have to lose?…….. Besides the weight?……… Good Luck. Harry Q. 7/17/12 * Results may vary.

Weight Loss Testimonial New York City – 2

“I Came off all 5 medications with weight loss”   I am a 51 year old male with a little bit of a tummy and overweight by about 30 pounds. I was taking about 5 medications and all my doctors including my cardiologist at Temple University Hospital were after me to lose weight for the past few years. However, none of my doctors were able to specifically guide me in losing weight other than tell me to “lose weight”. Having tried many things on my own, I decided to seek help from Dr. Tumpati in the New York City Office.

Dr. Tumpati spent a lot of time explaining the metabolic risks associated with the belly fat and put me on a weight loss program with about 1000 calories a day. Having lost about 20 pounds and still going good, I went to see my cardiologist for follow up. I was pleasantly surprised to see my blood work that showed my cholesterol and other tests were in the ideal range and I was taken off of all 5 medications.

Personally, I never felt better. Having realized the benefits of losing the weight, I am still continuing the program as I like to lose another 10 pounds. Best of all, Dr. Tumpati accepts my insurance for the visits so that I do not have to pay out of pocket. His staff are very friendly and treat me like family. I recommend Dr. Tumpati without any reservations for anybody that not only wants to lose weight but also learn about healthy life style! – J.G. * Results may vary.