Weight Control Consultations

Obesity - A Real Problem

Overweight and obesity increase from year to year. This problem affects younger and younger people, so it has long since ceased to be treated as a "just aesthetic" problem to be treated as a chronic disease with serious health consequences.

More than 2000 years ago, Hippocrates noted that obesity reduced life expectancy.

There are several causes for this increase: some of hereditary type, which causes that the metabolism of the person absorbs a greater amount of the ingested food than the "normal", which causes that certain people fatten more than others eating the same; others from the increasingly sedentary western lifestyle (heavy work done by machines, transportation to employment, remote commands, the Internet, etc.), where even children exchange physical exercise for computer games.

Due to lack of time or comfort, eating habits have changed, and our typical Mediterranean diet has given way to fried foods, cakes, fast food and all kinds of pre-cooked food very rich in saturated fat, the worst for our health.

Stress, an inseparable companion of our civilization, causes anxiety, depression, and other nervous system disorders, which can make the metabolism slower and make us seek compensation in food. Obesity, directly or indirectly, will quickly become the most common cause of death in the western world, so we must be alert and call a specialist as soon as possible. Medical treatment is always possible.

We must be motivated and change our habits of life, get used to exercise, split meals and reduce quantities, adapting them to the needs of our actual consumption. Apparently simple, although in reality it is not, most of the time hunger, anxiety, among others, do not allow us to meet these goals, so the doctor will use the appropriate medication for as long as necessary, in a personalized, effective and safe .

In some cases of morbid obesity, a surgical treatment (gastric band, balloon, gastrointestinal by-pass) may also be necessary. It is important to know that any obesity problem can be solved if there is a predisposition to comply with the proposed plan.

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