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Research suggests that the American population is growing heavier every few years, and the “average” body size of today is far different from what it was for the average citizen’s parents and grandparents. According to the medical community, people who have a Body Mass Index that exceeds 30.0 are considered to be clinically obese. Of course, there are circumstances that can impact BMI, and doctors use other diagnostic tools in determining the difference between simply being overweight and being obese. Obesity is a serious medical condition, and it increases a patient’s risk for diabetes, stroke, heart disease and a wide range of other maladies.
There are many different treatment options for people who are struggling with obesity. Some people are able to find success with dietary adjustments and increased physical activity, while others will struggle for years trying different diet and exercise programs that offer little in the way of success. For many people, a medically supervised weight loss program is a better fit. This approach gives patients an individualized action plan and the support of a highly skilled team of medical professionals. In some cases, bariatric surgery is the best path to a healthy weight.
Behavioral therapy is the practice of observing, accepting and adapting the ways that an individual behaves throughout the course of any given day. It begins with keeping a record of all food taken in, as well as the conditions surrounding each meal. Physical activity is also tracked. Next, individuals seek the support of a behavioral specialist, who can help them understand the triggers that lead to excessive consumption. Finally, alternative behaviors are learned and integrated into the individual’s daily life, which can have a great deal of impact on long-term health and weight management.
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