Diabetes Specialist

The Healthy Woman

OB/Gyns & OB/GYNs located in Snellville, GA & Lawrenceville, GA

Obesity is a common condition that affects more than 42% of American adults. If you’re struggling to lose weight via traditional methods, medically supervised weight loss can help. At The Healthy Woman, Barbara Joy Jones-Parks, DO, regularly develops custom treatment plans for obese women. To make an appointment at the practice in Snellville or Lawrenceville, Georgia, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.

Obesity Q & A

What is obesity?

Obesity is a potentially serious condition characterized by excess body fat. Carrying around extra weight is more than a cosmetic concern. Without intervention and treatment, it increases your risk of other health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.

If you want to lose weight but haven’t been able to do so through diet and exercise, make an appointment at The Healthy Woman. Following an in-office exam and discussion of your goals, Dr. Jones-Parks can develop a custom care plan to help you reach your goals.

What are the symptoms of obesity?

Obesity isn’t defined by a specific set of symptoms. Instead, it’s identified through a formula called the body mass index (BMI). To calculate your BMI, Dr. Jones-Parks takes several factors into account, including your height and weight. A BMI of 30 or higher means you’re obese.

When should I visit a doctor about obesity?

If you’re concerned about your weight, or you experience weight-related health problems, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, make an appointment at The Healthy Woman. Following a comprehensive exam and a discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Jones-Parks can make recommendations for successful, long-lasting weight loss.

How is obesity treated? 

Treatment of obesity depends on several factors, including your current health and the amount of weight you’d like to lose. Dr. Jones-Parks might recommend:

A nutritious diet

If you eat a diet that’s high in salt, sugar, or saturated fats, you’re also more likely to gain weight. Consuming a nutritious diet that consists of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins can make all the difference and even support your metabolism. 

Regular exercise

If you want to burn calories, it’s important to lead a physically active lifestyle. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get a gym membership. Dr. Jones-Parks can recommend low-impact activities like walking, biking, or water aerobics to help you keep moving. 

Prescription medication

If diet and exercise aren’t enough to help you lose weight, Dr. Jones-Parks might recommend prescription weight loss medication. Some of these drugs suppress your appetite, others encourage your metabolism to burn more calories.

To explore the various treatment options for obesity, make an appointment at The Healthy Woman by calling the nearest office or scheduling online today.