Weight Loss Clinics – Colchester, Essex
We now offer powerful weight management treatment pens injections and support to help you build better habits in losing weight. In this blog, we talk about obesity and what we can do to help you be the best you.
Determining Your Weight: BMI and its Categories
The body mass index (BMI) is the most commonly used method for assessing an individual’s weight in relation to their height. To calculate your BMI, you can utilise the NHS BMI healthy weight calculator. For the majority of adults, the following BMI categories apply:
- – 18.5 to 24.9: Healthy weight
- – 25 to 29.9: Overweight
- – 30 to 39.9: Obese
- – 40 or above: Severely obese
However, for those with highly muscular physiques, BMI may not accurately reflect body fat levels. Despite this, BMI serves as a helpful health indicator for most individuals.
Waist Size: A Better Indicator for Excess Fat
For individuals who are overweight (BMI 25-29.9) or moderately obese (BMI 30-34.9), waist circumference is a more accurate measure of excess fat. Men with a waist size over 94 cm and women with a waist size over 80 cm are at an increased risk of obesity-related health issues.
Risks Associated with Obesity
Obesity can result in numerous serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, as well as visible physical changes. These include:
- – Type 2 diabetes
- – Coronary heart disease
- – Certain cancers, such as breast and bowel cancer
- – Stroke
Additionally, psychological issues like depression and low self-esteem can be exacerbated by obesity.
Causes of Obesity
Obesity primarily stems from consuming more calories than are expended through physical activity, particularly from fats and sugars. The body stores this excess energy as fat. Certain health conditions, such as hypothyroidism, can contribute to weight gain but typically do not cause weight problems when properly managed with medication.
Treating Obesity: Building Better Habits
The most effective way to address obesity is through a combination of a healthy, reduced-calorie diet, regular exercise, and a strong support system. This includes family, friends, and healthcare professionals like our team at G.M.G Pharmacies. Key strategies for weight management include:
- – Following a balanced, calorie-controlled diet as advised by your GP or pharmacist
- – Joining a local weight loss support group
- – Engaging in activities like brisk walking, jogging, swimming, or tennis for 150 to 300 minutes per week
Monitoring your activity with devices like Fitbits
- – Eating more slowly and avoiding situations that encourage overeating
For additional weight loss assistance, medications like Saxenda or Orlistat can be utilised, which are available at our pharmacy.
How G.M.G Pharmacies can help
Visit G.M. Graham Pharmacies for weight loss treatment (inc. Saxenda)
At G.M. Graham Pharmacies, we’re all about innovation and providing you with the absolute best care. If you’re keen on understanding how Saxenda may work for you, we can help. Book your appointment with us today to start your weight loss journey.