Obesity

Pinnacle Health Group

Primary Care Practice located in Tampa, FL

In a given year, obesity can affect as many as 40% of adults in the United States. Because obesity is linked to life-threatening issues, including heart attack and stroke, the compassionate team at Pinnacle Health Group in Tampa, Florida, provides personalized weight-loss management plans. Whether you need to lose 20 pounds or 100 pounds — or more — schedule an evaluation today. You can conveniently book your visit either online or over the phone.

Obesity Q & A

What is obesity?

Obesity means that you have excess body fat, which can increase your risk of chronic disease. Your doctor determines if you’re overweight or obese by using a simple math formula known as the body mass index (BMI). The BMI calculates your body weight in comparison to your height to determine if you’re overweight.

Ideally, your BMI should fall between 18.5 and 24.9. But if your BMI is 25.0 or greater, you’re in the overweight category. You’re considered obese if your BMI is 30.0 or higher and a BMI of 40.0 or more puts you at extreme risk of heart disease and other serious complications.

The BMI isn’t the only tool used when determining if you’re overweight or obese. After all, it doesn’t take muscle mass into account, so if you lift weights and have a high percentage of lean muscle mass, you can still fall into the obese category with the BMI.

Because obesity is a complex disorder that leads to too much body fat, your doctor looks at other factors outside of the BMI to determine your risk of chronic disease. For instance, the skinfold test is helpful to evaluate your level of body fat and determine if you’re overweight or obese.

Why do I keep gaining weight?

The leading causes of obesity are following a sedentary lifestyle and having a poor diet. But even if you exercise a few times a week and try to eat right, you can continue to gain weight or find it difficult to lose weight. Your weight gain may stem from:

  • Inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Poor sleep patterns or habits
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Inherited traits

Because the cause of obesity can be linked to a health condition that you can’t control on your own, it’s important to see a doctor if you’re overweight or obese.

Do I need to see a doctor for obesity?

The weight-loss specialists at Pinnacle Health Group encourage you to come in for an obesity evaluation if you’re overweight, are starting to gain weight, or just have a hard time shedding those excess pounds. It’s especially important to book an exam if you have an obesity-related condition, such as type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol.

At Pinnacle Health Group, the compassionate practitioners evaluate your personal and family health history, and get to know you as an individual. They can counsel you on exercise planning and dietary changes you need to be successful at dropping weight and even prescribe weight-loss medications.

Pinnacle Health Group providers also run comprehensive laboratory testing to get to the root of why you’re gaining weight. If you have an underlying issue, such as a hormonal imbalance, they can treat you and monitor you regularly to ensure you start losing weight healthfully.

Click on the online scheduler to book your obesity evaluation at Pinnacle Health Group right away. You can also call the office directly to speak with a team member.