We understand that there are often many issues at play with regard to overweight – from emotional triggers to physiological causes.
- That all possible reasons for weight gain or unexplained loss should be fully investigated in advance of any weight management programme
- That very often, there is a physiological reason behind food choices and eating habits, linked with an emotional element that creates a negative cycle of behaviour
- That you should see an experienced doctor with a background in nutrition in an educated, informed, no-nonsense approach.
- That you should be treated as an individual and never patronised.
- That you should never be rushed in developing a programme that suits you and your lifestyle to help make sure results are long term.
- In understanding your goals and your needs.
- In making sure there are no hidden health issues, such as a sluggish thyroid or hormone-relate issues, at the root of the problem.
- That it is vital to address any emotional or cognitive issues through support from our experienced therapist, working together with you to develop a healthy relationship with food and eating.
We also work with a team of bariatric surgeons to give you the option of surgical intervention to give your weight loss an initial boost and unlike many clinics, will continue to support you through the after care.
Obesity is usually defined using the body mass index (BMI), which is calculated as a ratio between weight and height. A BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. A BMI of between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. Waist measurement is also a means of measuring excess fat.
The main health risks with obesity are type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, back pain, stroke, gallbladder issues, and certain types of cancer.
High intake of calories combined with lack of exercise is a major factor in obesity, but there are other factors to take into account, such as environment (sedentary lifestyle or employment, quality of food available), genetic factors, and psychological components (overeating may be a symptom of stress, depression, or emotional upset).