Obesity and Weight Loss: What You Need to Know

With obesity at epidemic proportions in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a number of devices to assist people in shedding pounds. These devices are meant to not only promote weight loss, but also to help prevent serious complications that may arise from the condition. Diabetes, heart disease, some forms of cancer and a host of other issues are all linked to obesity. Choosing to use medically approved weight loss devices to promote shedding of pounds can produce the desired results, but there are some things people need to know about them and obesity in general.

Here are a few facts the FDA is trying to share with people about obesity and weight loss devices:

People who are obese do not stand alone – It is estimated about 68 percent of all adults are considered overweight. An estimated 36 percent of them are obese.
• Devices and surgery are not the first steps – The FDA stresses the best path to weight loss begins with diet and exercise. Should these two healthy choices not have an impact, then devices, surgery and medications should be considered. It is important to remember that medical interventions may have side effects and the potential for complications. Surgeries meant to address obesity, for example are generally invasive.
• Approved devices may make a difference – The FDA has approved a number of devices meant to promote healthy weight loss. They include gastric bands, gastric balloons and the gastric emptying system. Each device approved does require careful monitoring by a healthcare provider.
• Losing weight can be critical for health – Whether devices are indicated or not, people who are overweight or obese are urged to take steps to gain a healthy weight. Doing so can reduce risks for such serious health complications as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, among others.

Obesity is a serious problem in the United States. People will find their doctors have serious solutions that may enable them to shed pounds and keep them off once and for all.


Obesity Rates for Women on the Rise

It is estimated that a third of all Americans are obese, including children. The rate of obesity within a certain subset of the population, however, is growing faster than the others. According to new data, an estimated 40 percent of American women are considered obese. The data comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and represents a troubling trend that can have serious repercussions down the road.

The data released by the CDC comes from a 2013-14 study that looked at the obesity rates in the United States. It is now estimated that about 35 percent of the male population also struggles with weight.

Finding that the obesity rate is climbing rather than declining is bad news for a multitude of reasons. Obesity has long been linked to a number of potentially life-limiting illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. While much attention has been focused on the need for people to gain and maintain healthy weight levels, the findings show increases are occurring despite efforts.

Considering the health impacts of obesity, especially in the long run, it is important for people who are overweight to consider their options. These tips can help promote healthy weight loss:

• Seek medical advice – If obesity is a concern, speaking with a healthcare provider may open up a host of possibilities for addressing the issue. Medically supervised diet programs may offer the assistance some people need. Others may find their best bet for shedding pounds is found in bariatric surgery.
• Incorporate healthy lifestyle choices – Proper diet and exercise can make a big difference in the weight loss picture. Work these things into the routine and also consider paying attention to triggers that may promote overeating. Identify issues that prompt poor eating habits and working to overcome them can make a big difference.

Obesity is a real concern in the United States. Individuals who are concerned about their weight will find help is available. The best place to start is by talking with a healthcare provider for insights, advice and recommendations.