Obesity is defined according to an individual’s body mass index (BMI) which is determined by a person’s weight in relation to their height. While this number does help to diagnostically classify someone as either overweight, obese or morbidly obese, it is still only one screening tool used to assess one’s risk for subsequent diseases based on weight. In fact, health risks may vary for individuals with the same BMI depending on race and origin. Help from a holistic doctor / practice in Atlanta can help determine your BMI, and a customized course of action to get back on track to a healthier weight.
Is Obesity a Problem?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the prevalence of obesity in adults was 42.4% in 2017-2018. No significant differences were found among age groups or gender. The incidence of severe obesity in adults was 9.2% and was higher in women than men. The cost to someone who is obese is multifactorial. Medical costs alone were on average $1,429 higher for obese individuals than those of average weight. Obesity is a significant problem in our society that has far reaching consequences from both a health and economic standpoint if help isn’t sought.
Causes and Consequences of Obesity
It can be difficult to identify a single causal claim for the rising numbers of people with obesity. A combination of factors leads to obesity including genetics and individual lifestyle, such as dietary habits, exercise and environmental exposures. Medication use and societal influences from food advertisements, access to physical exercise opportunities, education and skill level can also contribute to obesity. While genetics are believed to play a role in obesity, the exact reasons are still poorly understood. It is likely that the way one’s genes interact with their environment can lead to the development of obesity. This is why the holistic approach to obesity takes into account the entirety of a person’s state, mentally, physically and psychologically to ensure a well-rounded approach to a healthier weight. The consequences of obesity include increased mortality, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, differing types of cancers and body aches and pains. The mental health consequences include depression and anxiety. With risks coming from all aspects of life, physical, mental, and environmental, it’s important to remember there is help available, and you don’t have to go through it on your own. Seeking the help of a holistic family practice will not only provide you with the help you need, but it will also offers a plethora of healthy resources and support through a difficult and taxing journey.
Treating Obesity with the Help of a Holistic Practice in Atlanta
The treatment of obesity is by no means a one size fits all prescription. In fact, exploring the underlying roots and examining each dimension of a person’s life (body, mind & spirit) is important to be able to create a customized plan that will bring lasting results.
At CentreSpringMD, we include both eastern and western modalities of assessment to help determine the best course of action in addressing obesity as well as its subsequent impact on a person’s overall physical and psychological health. Partnering with patients to develop innovative methods of integrating a balanced diet from our holistic nutritionists, an active lifestyle and utilizing a positive social support network can be personally rewarding and beneficial to the patient’s success in overcoming obesity.
If you have been struggling here in Atlanta to overcome obesity, you’re not alone. Consult with a holistic family practice to learn how to work towards a healthier, long lasting lifestyle.