Obesity Prevention & Treatment

Published: February 5, 2012

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How to Prevent Against This

Obesity is a condition that is not always straightforward. For some people, maintaining and losing weight is easy, and for others, the task of remaining within a healthy body weight range is extremely difficult and seemingly impossible.

Part of the problem is that you may not know what is causing your weight gain since a variety of factors can contribute to the problem - you might be gaining weight for one or multiple reasons relating to heredity, environmental factors, diet, lifestyle choices, and activity levels. You may also be gaining weight because of an injury or medical condition such as a thyroid disorder or Cushing's syndrome, which is an endocrine disorder that causes an increase of cortisol levels in the blood. Medications such as steroids and birth control pills can also cause a rapid increase in body weight.

To prevent against becoming obese, you should try to be aware of any risk factors that you have for gaining weight. If you take birth control pills, you should be aware what weight gain is a side effect. You can talk to a doctor the moment that you start to gain weight in order to prevent becoming obese.

If you take a steroid, you may need to be extra cautious about your eating habits. A common side effect of steroid medications is increased appetite. By being aware of this side effect, you are in a better position to keep your eating habits under control. You may need to talk to your doctor about changing your medication if your weight gain becomes out of control.

If you are injured, talk to your doctor about a physical therapy plan, and ask about ways that you can continue to stay in shape. A sedentary lifestyle can cause significant problems that include rapid weight gain and muscle degeneration. Especially if you are injured, it might be difficult to return to your typical exercise routine.

Keep track of your body weight. If you're having trouble fitting into your clothes, you probably want to take a moment to weigh yourself. Try to weigh yourself at the same time every day to keep track of changes effectively. If you catch your weight gain early, you may be able to stop your weight gain before you become overweight or obese. Catching your weight gain early is important since it is easier to lose a smaller amount of weight. Even maintaining your weight is a good sign. If you are thinking about losing weight, you should talk to a doctor about healthy and effective weight loss programs.

Diet Tips

In the majority of situations, people become obese before they consume more calories than their bodies are able to burn. This problem can happen if you eat too much (large portions) or if you eat foods that are high in fat and sugar. To see if you are overeating, you should check the nutrition facts of the products that you consume. Some specialists even recommend keeping a food diary: a log of everything that you eat and the amount of calories that your food contains. A food journal can help you identify problems areas and make the appropriate changes to help you develop healthier eating habits.

You may need to reduce your caloric intake and reduce your portions. Avoid foods that are high in saturated fat, and try to eat balanced meals that are high in fiber, protein, and nutritional value. In general, it is okay to eat carbohydrates, but try to make sure that you are not eating excessive amounts of sugar, pasta, and bread. When possible, try to eat complex carbohydrates that are rich in nutrition.

Before beginning any diet, it is important that you talk to your doctor. You should never starve yourself or cut calories without reviewing your options with a dietician or medical professional. Only a professional can determine the safest course of action, depending on your age, gender, and physical complications. Make sure that you talk to a doctor in depth if you are pregnant or nursing.

Treatment & Relief Methods

A doctor will need to treat any underlying conditions that are causing your obesity. You may need to stop taking certain medications, or you may need to take medications to control your other condition. If you are gaining weight, this effort will help keep your weight loss under control. You may even start losing some of the weight that you recently gained.

If your obesity relates to your caloric intake and activity levels, you may need to follow a healthy eating and exercise plan. You will be able to burn the correct amount of calories, and the excess weight will come off slowly over a period of time. The doctor may also prescribe an appetite suppressant medication.

Common Surgeries

The term bariatric surgery describes all surgical procedures that are available to help with weight loss. Two common bariatric surgeries have become popular recently: gastric bypass surgery and the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (Lap-Band). The Lap-Band is inflatable and removable, and after people lose weight, they no longer need the device in their bodies. In contrast, gastric bypass is a permanent option that involves a surgery to staple a portion of a person's stomach. After undergoing gastric bypass surgery, patients will need to adhere to a special diet for life.

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