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Obesity Treatments, What Are My Options?

Obesity treatment is designed to help you regain health. Obesity causes a number of life threatening health problems. Losing weight is the only option. However, how you lose weight may vary.

Treatment Factors

Treatment for obesity depends on a number of factors. The age of a person may determine the type of obesity treatment or solution. For example, young people may be able to lose weight much more quickly through dietary and lifestyle changes.

The health of the person is another consideration. If a person's life is at immediate risk then rapid weight loss may be required. In this kind of situation weight loss surgery may be recommended. The personality and/or life experiences of a person may also be a factor.

For example, if someone has tried unsuccessfully for years to modify their behavior and lose weight, then prescription medication may be recommended.

Your doctor will weigh your medical history, present circumstances and lifestyle, age and other factors to determine the best recommendations.

Treatment Methods

As stated earlier there are a number of options to overcome obesity. Here are the basic methods your physician will explore.

Dietary Changes – In any situation your physician will make specific dietary changes. This is the case even if you undergo surgery or take medication. What you eat has a direct impact on your weight. How much you eat does as well. Common changes include severely reducing baked goods and processed foods. You'll replace them with lean protein, lots of fiber, fruits and vegetables. The idea is to make lifestyle changes you can stick with. Dieting is a short term solution.

Exercise – Unless you have a specific medical condition that prevents activity your physician will require exercise. Exercise does more than help you burn fat. Exercise boosts your immune system. It helps increase your metabolism. It also gives you a mood boost.

Behavior change – You'll likely be asked to change some habits. For example, your physician may ask that you get more sleep. They may ask that you cut back on alcohol or kick other habits.

Prescription Weight-Loss Medications – In some instances your doctor may prescribe a medication to help you lose weight. Diet and exercise will still be part of the program. Medication isn't for everyone. There are some side effects and risks.

Weight-loss surgery – Surgery is a treatment solution for some. It requires a high degree of commitment. After you've had weight loss surgery there's no going back. You'll experience a number of side effects. You'll also have to make many lifestyle changes. It does however provide a viable solution for those who are severely obese. If you're facing immediate health risks due to obesity surgery may be your solution.

There are treatments and solutions for obesity. If you're struggling with obesity consult with your physician. Together you can create a plan to get healthy.

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