Overall, there are over 100 million obese people in this country. As these numbers continue to climb, experts estimate almost half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030. Obesity doesn’t discriminate among demographics: Studies show we have a global epidemic of obesity in all age groups for both developed and developing countries.
Researchers define obesity as a condition where fat accumulates in the body to become a risk factor or marker for many chronic diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, as well as adversely impacting overall health.
Obesity presents a real problem, but experts are unsure exactly how to handle this condition. Every year new diet books appear, fad diets or “miracle cures” to melt away fat, the government tells us to not eat dietary fat, and gyms become packed with people determined to lose weight once and for all.
And yet, obesity rates continue to skyrocket.
Healthcare practitioners recognize obesity as a chronic illness with vast and potentially deadly consequences, but many seem at a loss about how to treat this condition. A conventional doctor might offer dietary advice including reducing calories, reducing dietary fat, or eating specific foods. He or she might also suggest increasing physical activity. Many conventional doctors lack the time and knowledge to effectively treat obesity. Seeing a patient for only 10 minutes doesn’t allow much opportunity to educate someone about how to eat healthily. Instead, conventional practitioners often outsource patients to dietitians or other healthcare professionals. They might also suggest a number of over-the-counter or pharmaceutical drugs that address various aspects of weight loss, including suppressing appetite or blocking fat absorption. As obesity rates continue to climb, pharmaceutical companies will likely develop new drugs that address this epidemic. What these drug companies and conventional healthcare practitioners often neglect to ask is why someone becomes obese to begin with.
Why do obesity statistics continue to increase?
We eat fewer whole foods, more processed and inflammatory foods, and we’re taking in more environmental toxins. Many of us work sedentary jobs and don’t get enough exercise. We’re not eating enough foods rich in probiotics and prebiotics that support gut health.
At Integrative Health Matters, we take a different approach to obesity. We look at the whole person to determine the underlying root cause of you being overweight. Genetics is far from the whole story when it comes to obesity, but if obesity does “run in your family,” we can pinpoint the potential trigger mechanisms using Pure Genomics and target these therapeutically. Every patient is different and our providers take the time to really get to know our patients. We take a full medical history to understand why obesity became a problem, specialized testing is also performed to check for food sensitivities, triggers, heavy metal toxicity, and hormone imbalances. The process takes time and effort, but this comprehensive approach is able to help you reach your weight goal and maintain it and great health for your lifetime.
Losing weight starts with your diet, but lifestyle modifications are also crucial to lose weight and keep it off.
Maintaining whole body health is key to weight loss. Diet and stress management can seem overwhelming, but things don’t have to be that way. Combining real food with self-care, and (as needed) professional help, can get you feeling the best you have in years!
We’d love to partner with you in your pursuit of whole health, weight loss, and finally feeling better.