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Medical Weight Loss in Anchorage, AK

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What are the Causes of Becoming Overweight or Obese?

Everyone who struggles with their weight has a unique set of circumstances that led them to their current weight and overall health. For some, weight gain is a lifelong challenge, while others gain weight due to a specific condition.

Here are some of the factors responsible for the nation’s growing obesity problem:

  • Sedentary lifestyles

  • Poor eating habits

  • Lack of nutrition education

  • Medical conditions and certain prescription drugs

  • Availability of unhealthy food choices

  • Prevalence of food products that contain harmful chemicals, additives, and preservatives

What are the Health Risks associated with Being Overweight or Obese?

Many people are concerned about their weight because they're concerned about their appearance and self-esteem. While such factors are important, carrying extra weight also increases your risk of the following:

  • Heart disease

  • Stroke

  • Diabetes

  • High blood pressure

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Gout

  • Asthma

  • Certain cancers

  • Gallbladder disease

If you’re overweight, you may not suffer from all, or even most, of these issues. It is rare, however, to be overweight and have no health issues.

How is Medically Supported Weight Loss Different?

Most people who seek weight loss assistance have tried to lose weight on their own, with varying degrees of success. For some, fad diets and drastic weight loss programs took off some pounds, but those pounds returned in a brief period.

Medically supported weight loss offers a different approach. Practitioners bring a wealth of knowledge about the human body and its systems to the weight loss process. They also understand the pros and cons of various diet and exercise programs and can guide you toward the best fit for your overall health and weight loss goals.

Support also plays an integral role in a medical weight loss program. You can access a professional team if you have questions or concerns, and your progress is monitored from start to finish. Having that level of support can make the difference between success and failure.

If you’re ready for a new approach to weight loss and weight management, schedule an appointment today.