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Obesity Specialist

Ormond Internal Medicine

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Volusia County, Ormond Beach, FL

America is the 16th-most obese country in the world. This statistic is all the more startling when all but two of the countries higher on that list have populations of less than 120,000, compared with the United States’ 330 million. Around 93 million adults and 14 million children have the disease, and numbers have significantly increased over the last few decades. Gail van Diepen, DO, and her team at Ormond Internal Medicine in Ormond Beach, Florida, support their patients through strategic life choices aimed at losing weight, curing obesity, and preventing it from happening again.

Obesity Q & A

What is obesity?

Many people confuse obesity with being overweight, but the two are different. Being overweight means weighing too much, whereas being obese is carrying too much body fat. Physicians deem body fat as excessive when there’s more in a particular area than there should be. 

Visceral fat is particularly dangerous as it collects around vital organs. Someone may appear to be at a healthy weight but carry excess amounts of visceral fat, which makes them obese even if they don’t look it.

One way of calculating obesity uses the body mass index (BMI). A BMI of 30 or more is obese.

If you’re concerned about your weight, schedule a consultation with Dr. van Diepen. She measures your BMI and develops a treatment plan personalized to your health and weight loss needs.

What health risks surround obesity?

People with obesity are more likely to develop serious health problems, including:

  • Certain cancers
  • Digestive problems
  • Gynecological problems
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sexual problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Strokes
  • Type 2 diabetes

If left unmanaged, obesity can escalate into severe, even life-threatening diseases. Don’t take a risk; schedule an appointment at Ormond Internal Medicine today.

How can you prevent obesity?

Losing weight and making positive lifestyle changes are the only sustainable ways of curing obesity. Dr. van Diepen evaluates her patients’ lifestyle and suggests steps for them to follow depending on their weight loss goals, which could include:

Monitoring weight

Keeping track of weight loss makes it easier to stay motivated.

Eating healthily

Stick to a calorie-controlled diet and make every calorie count. Fill up on vegetables, fiber, and protein, and avoid processed foods and too much sugar.

Exercising regularly

A goal of 150-300 minutes of moderate exercise each week can prevent weight gain. Activities such as swimming, cycling, and power walking are excellent ways to increase heart rate and burn fat.

Be consistent

Sticking to the same routine every day may seem tedious, but it will yield much better results than eating next to nothing all week and then having a blowout over the weekend.

With careful management and essential lifestyle changes, you can cure obesity. When you partner with Ormond Internal Medicine, you gain a supportive team focused on getting you back to a healthy weight. Schedule a consultation today, either over the phone or through the website.