In 2014, it was estimated that 600 million adults worldwide are obese. This is a staggering number that unfortunately continues to climb. Obesity has been linked to various health problems, diseases, cancers, and even death. Traditionally, gastroenterologists have emphasized the treatment of GI problems, many of which are directly caused by obesity. Dr. Sarah Streett, a clinical associate professor at Stanford Medicine has recently encouraged gastroenterologists to take a greater role in treating obesity itself, not just the issues that arise from it. NEW You Weight Loss at Cary Gastroenterology is a front runner in this race to address—and eliminate—obesity before other gastrointestinal problems occur.
Obesity is defined by having an excess amount of body fat. While body fat is necessary to store energy, absorb shock, and keep the body insulated, too much can lead to a host of other health problems. Body Mass Index (BMI) is the best way to establish total body fat. You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight by your height. A healthy, normal weight, is indicated by a BMI of 18.5-24.9. A BMI of 25-30 means that you are overweight, and a BMI over 30 signifies obesity.
Obesity and Gastroenterology
The reputation of obesity is skewed. It is so much more than a food problem and should be treated like the chronic disease that it is. A gastroenterologist is trained to treat digestive disorders such as GERD, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, gallbladder disease, and other obesity-related problems. So as an expert of the GI tract, a gastroenterologist should be a key player in addressing obesity as a disease, not simply recognizing it as a cause for something else. It is important to work with a gastroenterologist to eliminate obesity and by doing so, removing the risk of many other GI issues and health problems.
Traditionally, major surgery was identified as the only option for treating obesity when diet and exercise alone was not enough. However, cost paired with the fear surrounding such an invasive procedure prevented many people from having the surgery. Within the last few years, non-invasive procedures have been approved by the FDA and made available to reverse obesity and encourage a healthy lifestyle. We offer these services at NEW You Weight Loss and have highly trained gastroenterologists who are best suited to perform these procedures. One of the most popular non-surgical procedures is ORBERA. This intragastric balloon safely inflates to help you manage the amount of food you consume. After six months and several pounds lighter, the balloon is removed. This balloon system may be new to the U.S. but it has been used in 200,000 patients over the course of 15 years in other countries, each with promising results. The AspireAssist is another non-surgical procedure that is often misunderstood. With The AspireAssist, you can remove 30% of each meal through a small port in your stomach before calories are absorbed. This form of aspiration therapy is safe, effective, and can be used long-term. We also offer a minimally invasive, incisionless procedure, Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG), that reduces the size of your stomach. At NEW You Loss, we don’t stop with the procedure. We continue to work with you over the next 12 months to provide exercise plans, nutrition counseling, and support so that you successfully keep the weight off and reach your health goals.
If you have been unsuccessful with diet and exercise but want to say goodbye to obesity, schedule an appointment at NEW You Weight Loss today. We’ll determine which procedure is right for you and treat obesity—not just the problems that arise from it.