Obesity, Diet, and Exercise

Individualized Recommendations on Healthy Habits

Estimates are that as much as two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or truly obese.  Some health experts consider this the number-one preventable risk factor for disease, disability, and lost productivity and quality of life in our society.

Compound this with the fact that most Americans don't get adequate exercise and that they eat a diet too high in calories and fat, and too low in fresh fruits and vegetables, and you have a formula for increased rates of heart disease, diabetes, orthopedic conditions, and other chronic or major health conditions.  The staff at our Center for Gynecology & Women's Health can offer counseling and care for women about these factors and can provide tailored, individualized recommendations on weight, diet, and exercise for each patient.

The best common measure of whether an individual is at a healthful weight is body mass index (BMI). 
>> Learn more about BMI.

Women are more likely to suffer from obesity than men, with about a third of women in this country considered to be obese.  The economic impact of obesity in related healthcare costs alone is staggering.  And, of course the effect on self-image, as well as general and overall health, wellness, and vitality, is immeasurable.

The staff at Aria's women's center can help patients determine if they are overweight or obese, based on norms related to age, height, and body type.  These experienced healthcare providers can help to put women who want and need to lose pounds on a path of correcting body weight and gaining a healthier lifestyle. 

Obesity treatment can take many forms, including lifestyle changes, medical treatment, surgical treatment, commercial weight-loss programs, and other types of care, including natural or alternative (complimentary) medicine.  The physicians or nurse practitioners at Aria's center can review these options with their patients and help them develop an approach that is most appropriate.  A weight loss regimen will often combine a number of forms of care.

Of course, the greatest challenge in weight loss, typically, is maintaining the new and improved weight after initial weight loss.  Normally, maintaining weight loss for years involves permanent changes in daily life and habits, or long-term interventions.  Regular appointments with the staff will help each patient track and monitor her progress.  Physicians and nurses at the center can help manage a woman's overall plan in reaching and staying at her target weight, as they simultaneously offer care for any related conditions.

Obesity also impacts women in another way: It affects and afflicts their partners or spouses, their children, and other members of their family.  Preventing obesity in the first place is the best way to combat it.  Our women's-health staff can counsel patients on ways to help them and their loved ones avoid obesity.

In addition to all the medical benefits, a person just feels better when living healthfully and staying in shape.

Integral to efforts to prevent obesity and a host of other ills –– and to maintain overall health and wellness –– is sticking to a healthful nutrition.  The center's staff can review this need with each patient and make recommendations for dietary changes, point her to sources for improved dietary programs and ideas, or refer her to a nutritionist.

An adequate level of physical activity is often the great missing ingredient in many people's efforts to lose weight, to gain a trimmer body shape, to feel stronger and more energetic, and to counteract mental stress.  Our staff can discuss each patient's exercise regimen and make recommendations for improving it; for making it a more concerted program; and for finding facilities, classes, and other opportunities to expand and maintain good levels of physical activity.