Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 29, 2014
Overweight and obesity affect a greater number of Americans than ever before. Learn how being overweight or obese affects your health and what you can do to effectively manage your weight.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) patient Emily Bell describes her decision to seek surgical treatment for her obesity. Over the coming months, Emily will be blogging about her journey to better health – from information sessions through surgery and beyond.
There are a wide range of weight loss approaches, including lifestyle changes, medical therapies, and surgical treatments. Physicians from the Brigham and Women’s Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery discuss how they individualize weight management plans for patients based on needs and preferences.
Although bariatric surgery has proven to be an effective and lasting treatment for morbid obesity, mounting evidence suggests that the benefits go far beyond weight loss. Bariatric surgery may improve health conditions such as heart disease, depression, asthma, infertility (in women), arthritis, gout, and Type 2 diabetes.
The American Medical Association recently recognized obesity as a disease. While this doesn’t change how registered dietitians manage their clients seeking or needing weight loss, it may allow more physicians to refer their patients for nutritional counseling sooner and perhaps encourage more health insurers to cover nutritional consultations.
Maintaining a healthy weight may help prevent hearing loss in women. Researchers at BWH recently published study results demonstrating that a higher body mass index (BMI) and larger waist circumference are each associated with higher risk of hearing loss in women.