Am I a Candidate for Obesity Medicine?

Apr 11, 2023
When the extra pounds you carry put your health — and your life — at risk, it’s time for obesity medicine. Although obesity medicine may include drugs, it’s also a supervised weight-loss and lifestyle program that helps you get — and stay — healthy.

As our Western way of relying on processed, fast foods and adopting a sedentary lifestyle spreads around the globe, so does the obesity epidemic. Despite the fact that millions of people carry an unhealthy amount of weight and fat, many of them are also undernourished.

Being overweight or obese does not necessarily mean you eat too much food. In many cases, it means you’re not really eating food at all: You’re consuming empty calories that cause inflammation but don’t actually nourish your body. 

In the United States alone, almost 42% of women, men, and children are obese. Close to 10% are severely obese.

Obesity increases your risk for early, preventable death. Being obese (i.e., having a body mass index of 30 or more, in most cases) raises your risk for:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Certain cancers

At the Center of Advanced Wellness, our expert medical team helps you take back your health and achieve a stable, healthy weight with obesity medicine at our offices in Frisco and San Antonio, Texas. Are you a candidate for obesity medicine? The following questions may help you find the answer.

Does your weight interfere with your life?

Carrying extra weight isn’t easy. It’s literally a stress on your body, especially your heart. You may find that even normal activities such as walking or getting in and out of bed take effort and leave you winded.

You might also curtail your social life due to ostracization or self-consciousness. In addition to being associated with serious medical conditions, obesity often leads to depression. 

If you carry so many extra pounds that your quality of life is impaired, you could benefit from obesity medicine. We help you jumpstart weight loss so that you get to the point where you can move — and exercise — with greater ease.

Have you been frustrated with previous attempts at weight loss?

Calorie-restricted diets almost never work because they traumatize your body into experiencing itself in a starvation mode. Although you may lose weight initially, as soon as you take in extra (i.e., even a normal amount of) calories, your body stores them as fat, in preparation for the next “starvation” period.

Although we can give you medications to help you lose weight quickly — both to reduce the stress on your body and to help you believe that you can achieve your goals — we never use medications alone. Key to your success is adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle for life. 

Do you have a serious health condition?

Obesity puts stress on your body, and so does illness. If you’re obese and already have a medical condition that requires medication to control, you can’t afford to trust luck to lose weight. 

We work with your specialists to design a weight-loss program that takes into consideration other medications you may need. Our goal is to help you attain a healthy weight to increase your chances of attaining greater health.

Are you “only” overweight?

Even being overweight may compromise your health and well-being. You don’t have to wait until you become obese to benefit from obesity medicine. We custom-design a weight-loss and lifestyle program that fits your needs and goals.

By working with a medical weight-loss team, you’re more likely to break habits that work against you and develop new ones that sustain you. 

To benefit from obesity medicine, contact the Center of Advanced Wellness office nearest you today by phone or online. We have locations in Frisco and San Antonio, Texas.