Over a third of Americans are overweight, and yet patients are ashamed and embarrassed when it comes to obesity. The American lifestyle makes weight management challenging; the culture is centered around food, people are busier than ever, and the food available is lacking in nutrition and filled with harmful ingredients. Dr. Suzanne Mackey at Salvéo Weight Management in Voorhees Township Township, New Jersey, is passionate about weight management services that are highly effective and are supportive, empathetic, and understanding. Schedule a consultation today to learn more.
Obesity Q & A
What is the Difference Between “Overweight” and “Obese”?
Traditional doctors determine whether you’re underweight, healthy, overweight, or obese according to your body mass index (BMI), which is calculated using the ratio of your weight and height. While BMI is an important number, Dr. Mackey at Salvéo Weight Management understands that your BMI can’t accurately depict the whole picture. At your first visit, we will perform a body composition analysis (quick and painless) that looks far beyond BMI and helps us tailor a program for you.
What Causes Obesity?
The leading cause of obesity is eating too much of the wrong things. Other contributing factors include:
- Lack of exercise
- Certain diseases
- Genetics, although these play a less significant role in weight gain
Why is Obesity So Prevalent Today?
There are many reasons:
- Entertainment today involves a lot of sitting — watching TV, surfing the internet, using mobile devices
- People are busier than ever before, making it more difficult to plan and prepare healthy meals and increasing the frequency of consuming fast and/or convenient foods
- Many jobs are not physically demanding, leading to hours spent sitting each day
- Many foods are highly processed and lacking in nutrition
What Measures Can I Take to Lose Weight?
The right plan is different for each unique individual. The most important components of a successful weight loss plan are:
- Behavioral modification
- Understanding metabolism
Dr. Mackey can design a customized plan to assist you in meeting your weight-loss goals and achieving optimal health and well-being that lasts.
Can I Take Medications to Lose Weight?
It’s important to talk to Dr. Mackey about the safety of weight loss medications. All medications are accompanied by some level of risk and may interact with other medications you take. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is by eating right and exercising. Medications can be useful while we are working on the nutritional, physical activity, and behavioral changes necessary for maintaining weight loss.
What if I Fail?
Failure is a driving fear for many patients: Indeed, many cite their fear of failure as the reason for delaying treatment for so long. Dr. Mackey understands why diets and fitness programs fail; it’s because the only successful plan is one that addresses the deep-rooted reasons that you eat and the even deeper reasons that you fail.
Dr. Mackey will help you address your mental and emotional health throughout the process, encouraging you and ensuring that you have the support you need to succeed. The only way you can fail when working with compassionate Dr. Mackey is by not being open and honest with them about your challenges.