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Partners In Family Health

Family Medicine located in York, PA

Obesity rates in Pennsylvania have been on the rise for the past 30 years and now affect more than 30% of adults in the state. Losing excess weight can be challenging. The board-certified family medicine physicians at Partners in Family Health in York, Pennsylvania understand the struggles you face when it comes to dropping excess pounds, and they offer treatment for weight loss that includes diet and lifestyle changes, with medication as needed. Call today or book an appointment online.

Obesity Q & A

What is obesity?

Obesity is when your body mass index (BMI), which measures your weight versus your height, is 30.0 or greater.

People with higher BMIs are at greater risk of developing chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoarthritis. Tracking your weight helps both you and the team at Partners in Family Health develop a plan for better health.

How does losing weight help me?

Losing as little as 5% of your weight not only reduces your risk of developing chronic health conditions but it also:

  • Reduces aches and pains in joints and muscles
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Helps you get better sleep

Do I need to follow a strict diet?

You don’t need to follow a restrictive diet to lose the weight. While these types of diets may help you lose weight more quickly, they’re hard to sustain in the long term. The board-certified family medicine practitioners at Partners in Family Health help you lose the weight and keep it off by teaching you how to eat right for life.

The team develops a personalized diet plan that fits your food preferences and lifestyle. The diet plan includes a variety of healthy foods from all the food groups, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy proteins, and fat.  

Do I need to exercise to lose weight?

Exercise is an important part of any good weight loss plan. Regular activity not only helps with the weight loss, but it also improves health parameters such as cholesterol and blood pressure.

The healthcare professionals at Partners in Family Health develop an exercise plan geared toward your fitness level and weight loss goals. You should aim for 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity most days a week.

What medications can help me lose weight?

If you’re having a hard time losing weight, the team at Partners in Family Health may recommend medication to jump-start your weight loss. These medications prevent the absorption of certain macronutrients, which decrease your appetite or make you feel full soon after eating.

Examples of weight loss medications include:

  • Orlistat
  • Phentermine
  • Liraglutide
  • Lorcaserin

These medications are recommended only if your BMI is 30.0 or greater, and even then they’re used for only short periods of time, usually no more than three months.

For medical weight management, call or schedule an appointment online today.