Failing to maintain a healthy weight can lead to many different complications. Being overweight or obese raises an individual’s chances of:
Patients who are overweight or obese are also more likely to become depressed or suffer from anxiety. While some complications may resolve if a patient loses weight, others may remain even after weight loss.
Weight loss may be necessary when an individual’s body mass index, or BMI, is higher than it should be. BMI is a measure of a patient’s body fat content based on her height and weight. Although this measure isn’t perfect, it’s a good indication of whether a woman is at a healthy weight.
A woman with a BMI between 18.5 and 25 has a normal weight. Women with a BMI over 25 are considered overweight, while women with a BMI over 30 are considered obese. The higher the BMI, the more serious the patient’s condition is.
Dr. Slaughter and her team are committed to helping every patient reach a healthy weight and maintain it over time. Her weight-loss program includes a combination of prescription medicine, vitamin supplements, a healthy diet, and exercise. Every treatment plan is customized to meet the needs of the individual patient.
The goal of weight-loss treatment at The Healthy Woman is to help the patient burn fat and reduce her weight in a healthy, safe manner.
When attempting to lose weight, patients should always focus on making lasting lifestyle changes, as opposed to simply dropping weight as quickly as possible. Although patients at The Healthy Woman may use medications to boost their metabolism, Dr. Slaughter recommends a healthy diet and an appropriate exercise program. Patients should continue their healthy diet and exercise program even after reaching their goal weight.