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The Obesity Problem

New York State and over the nation, obesity has reached epidemic proportionally. Whereas many other epidemics could be beaten with a vaccine, a pill stopping or retreating obesity involves alterations in behavior and access to the right, nutritious foods and opportunities for physical activity in the places where people work and play, live, learn, eat and shop.

Currently, overweight and obesity are the second leading preventable cause of death in the United States and may soon overtake tobacco as the leading cause of death. Abandoning to overcome this struggle fronting obesity will determine premature death and disability for an increasingly large segment of New York Residents.

Obesity Prevalence

The overweight or obese percentage in New York State for adults increased in 1997 from 42% to 61.2% in 2017.

Adults who are overweight or obese percentage in New York State increased in 1997 from 16% to 25.7% in 2017.

Obesity between adolescents and children has tripled over the previous three decades. Apparently, a third of New York’s children are obese or overweight.

Overweight and obesity health problems

  • Asthma
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Several forms of cancer
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis

Frequently, several of these diseases, earlier connected only with adulthood, are also being observed in overweight and obese children. Along with the contingencies for life-shortening chronic diseases, being fat in a society that disgraces this condition adds to poor mental health correlated with profound shame, self-blame, low self-esteem, and depression.



Risk Factors for overweight and obesity

There are many risk factors for overweight and obesity. Remarkable risk factors can be improved, such as harmful lifestyle habits and environments. Various risk elements such as race, sex, ethnicity, age, genetics, and family history cannot be changed.Reasonable lifestyle alterations can reduce your risk of promoting overweight and obese. Shortage of physical activity, poor eating patterns, insufficient sleep, and high amounts of stress can increase your overweight and obesity risk.



Lack of physical activity

Lack of physical activity due to high amounts of TV, computer, videogame or other screen usage has been associated with a high body mass index. Healthy lifestyle changes, such as being physically active and reducing screen time, can help you aim for a healthy weight



Unhealthy eating behaviors

Some unhealthy eating behaviors can increase your risk for overweight and obesity.
Eating more calories than you use. The amount of calories you need will vary based on your sex, age, and physical activity level. Discover your daily calorie requirements or goals with the Body Weight Planner external link.
Overeating saturated and “trans-fats”.
Consuming foods high in added sugar



Not enough sleep

Many studies have seen a high BMI in people who do not get enough sleep. Several researchers have observed a connection between sleep and how our bodies use nutrients for strength and how the shortage of sleep can affect hormones that control hunger urges. Visit our Sleep Deprivation and Deficiency Health Topic for more information about lack of sleep.



High amounts of stress

Severe stress and chronic strain affect the brain, and trigger hormones, such as cortisol, that charge our energy surpluses and hunger urges. Extreme stress can trigger hormone changes that make you not desire to eat. If the tension becomes strong, hormone changes can make you eat more and store more fat.



How to lose weight

At Dr. Bryant Medical Practice Pc, weight loss management begins with an individualized approach, in which you will meet with a healthcare provider with whom you will discuss your medical back ground, a number of medical factors will be assessed including blood work, BMI, body fat composition, complications resulting from obesity, your risks factors and based on information gathered a personalized plan will be formulated.

Obesity is influenced by many different factors and that’s the reason our clinic offers multiple approaches to achieve your weight loss goals. Our approach starts with dietary changes and education on healthier eating habits, addressing emotional, psychological or medical issues that might be causing you to gain weight or preventing you from losing weight, as well as a number of medication options that can enhance or speed up your weight loss process.

Are you ready for a healthier lifestyle, call 1-718-217-3744 or make an appointment



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