Obesity is a clinical condition where people have a lot of excess body fat – more than is healthy for that person. In general, obesity is a condition where someone has too much body fat for their height. That person is overweight but typically not obese. Obesity is loosely defined as having too much weight from any source (body fat, muscle, or bone).A person can be thin and fit at the same time as being obese. Remember that “healthy” refers to the health of the individual’s body and mind (not simply to weight). Body fat is not the only way to measure obesity, but it is one of the best ways to do so. Muscular athletes, people with a lot of bone mass, pregnant women, and elderly people may have a high body fat percentage without being overweight. So it is important to measure body weight and body mass index (BMI) and to know how much body fat a person has.
The Various Types of Obesity
1. Effect on the Body
There are many different ways that excess body fat can affect health. Some of these effects occur in non-obese people, while others only occur in obese people. These effects include:
2. Food Intake
Weight loss treatments are only likely to be successful if the person losing weight also has an eating disorder. Otherwise, it may be that the weight-loss treatment is making the person gain more weight. Weight gain is common with secondary gain. This weight gain is associated with drug use, alcohol use, and psychological factors such as low self-esteem.
3. Physiological Effects
Being overweight can lead to several physiological effects typically associated with obesity. These include:
4. Psychological Effects
Obesity can lead to several psychological effects typically associated with obesity or weightism. These include:
5. Hormonal Responses
A person’s body produces hormones to regulate its system of metabolism as well as how the body responds through its various biological processes.
Both bariatric surgery and medications typically treat obesity. Bariatric Surgery is surgery used to help people lose weight after they have reached a targeted body weight or BMI (Body Mass Index). The goal of this surgery is usually for patients who are significantly obese or morbidly obese so as not to be severely overweight.
Dr. Tiffany Di Pietro treats obesity and “overweight” as major medical conditions. Treating obesity is not just about weight loss but also involves treating the underlying medical condition that caused or exacerbated the obesity.
Dr. Tiffany Di Pietro takes the time to listen to the concerns and problems of her patients. Her approach is one of education and prevention rather than focusing on simply treating symptoms or illnesses. Her practice has always been one of prevention and wellness. She often emphasizes a proactive approach in health care rather than a reactive one because prevention is better than cure when it comes to healthcare.
Dr. Di Pietro provides her patients with programming that promotes health, wellness, and longevity as it relates to their lifestyle, diet, exercise habits, and overall well-being.