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Raleigh Associated Medical Specialists

Internal Medicine located in Raleigh, NC

Nearly 40% of American adults are obese. Making lifestyle changes to lose the weight and keep it off is often challenging. However, at Raleigh Associated Medical Specialists, the healthcare provider offers medically-backed advice and treatment to help you reach a healthy body weight. If you live in or around Raleigh, North Carolina and need help losing weight, call our office today.

Obesity Q & A

What is considered obese?

The percentage of obese adults in America is steadily increasing. In 2007, approximately 34% of adults were classified as obese, but today it’s closer to 40%. Clinically, if you weigh 20% more than what is considered healthy, you are classified as obese.

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a statistical measurement derived from your height and weight. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 - 24.9. If your BMI is between 25-29.9, you’re considered overweight, and if your BMI is 30 or higher, your weight is classified as obese. Your BMI is only a tool and while it doesn’t take your muscle density or body type into account, it provides a framework to help identify weight problems.

Your waist to hip measurement ratio is another indicator of weight. Men who have a waist measurement of 40 inches or more and women whose waist circumference is greater than 35 inches may be at risk of obesity.

Dr. Cook also uses body composition analysis to determine if you have too much body fat.

Why is being overweight or obese bad for my health?

Medical research shows that obesity is linked to more than 60 chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and musculoskeletal issues like arthritis. When you carry extra weight, your body has to work harder to keep your systems functioning properly and to move. Over time, the additional stress on your body can lead to dysfunction and illness.

How can a doctor help me lose weight?

Dr. Cook offers customized weight loss plans to help you make small, sustainable changes necessary to lose weight and keep it off. He begins with a comprehensive exam where, in addition to a physical and health screening, you discuss your lifestyle, medical history, and any previous attempts to lose weight. It’s important, to be honest during this consultation so Dr. Cook can develop an accurate understanding of your weight loss needs.

After the initial consultation, Dr. Cook offers suggestions on how to change your diet to reduce your calorie intake, without leaving you feeling deprived. He also takes your personal tastes into account, so if you won’t have to eat foods you don’t like.

Dr. Cook recommends safe exercises to add to your day. For example, if you never exercise, he may start by suggesting you take a 15-30 minute walk after dinner. Then, during your weight loss journey, you’ll add more activity to your day.

If you need additional assistance, you can talk to Dr. Cook about other options like medication and surgery. These alternatives should be taken seriously, and Dr. Cook prescribes them only when needed.

Throughout your weight loss journey, you’ll have regular appointments with Dr. Cook to monitor your health and progress. He will adjust your diet and exercise plan from time to time to help you push past weight loss plateaus and stay motivated.

If you’re concerned about your weight and health, call or schedule an appointment online today.