Weight Management

 

Dr. Svastits performs nutritional counseling with the benefits of weight management for people that are having difficulty doing it on their own.  Weight management issues have reached epidemic proportions in our society today.  Cutting calories is important.  However, without the correct balance of nutrition, your body will not burn the calories for weight loss.    Visit www.drsvastits.isagenix.com for more information on the scientific background of a weight management program that is sweeping the nation!  Make an appointment with Dr. Svastits to get you on the right track.  He will be able to advise you which nutritional and/or weight management program is best for you.

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Causes of Weight Gain and Obesity

Weight gain and obesity are caused by consuming more calories than the body needs – most commonly by eating a diet high in fat and calories, being sedentary or both. However, the imbalance between calories consumed and calories burned can also be caused by a number of different obesity-related factors, including genetic, hormonal, behavioral, environmental and even cultural. It is important to remember that obesity is not always simply a behavioral issue. In fact, endocrine researchers are on the forefront of medical research into the mechanisms of metabolism, appetite and satiety and their connection to obesity. For instance, genetic traits, the way a body expends energy (metabolism), hormones that affect the way calories are processed (hyperthyroidism), and other organ systems in the body can all affect appetite. Eating disorders, metabolic syndrome, behavioral issues and an individual's environment and culture may also affect the development of obesity. For this reason physicians consider many factors when assessing obesity.

BMI Calculator

Body mass index, or BMI, is the most common measure of an individual's weight relative to his or her
height. The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a common measurement in evaluating overweight and obesity.

  • Enter your weight and height.
  • Click on compute and your BMI will appear.

Adult (below) BMI Calculator        Child/Teen (below) BMI Calculator

                BMI Calculator for Adults                                                      BM Percentile Calculator for Children and Teens

BMI (Body Mass Index) Categories:

  • Underweight = BMI (Body Mass Index) less than 18.5
  • Normal weight = BMI of 18.5-24.9
  • Overweight = BMI of 25-29.9
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

 Obesity Trends - 2007 CDC

The recent increases in the prevalence of overweight and obesity are reflected across all ages, racial and ethnic groups, and education levels in the U.S. In reviewing the following three charts, for instance, one can see that the “average” American categorized under obesity is aged 50-59, Black/non-Hispanic with less than a high school diploma.

What is the big deal about leptin?

As the obesity epidemic worsens, endocrine researchers understand the urgency to clarify the important role genetic factors play in the development of obesity.

Leptin, a hormone secreted by fat cells that was discovered in 1994, was found to not only control food intake, but also to impact other functions that are affected by energy balance which could relate to obesity. High leptin levels trigger growth and readiness for reproduction. Research has shown that overweight individuals have high concentrations of leptin in the blood, indicating that these individuals do not respond to leptin by reducing food intake. Furthermore, endocrine research has found that obese patients respond poorly to leptin, suggesting the presence of leptin resistance.