Obesity as a Chronic Disease State
2013 will be noted as the year that the American Medical Association (AMA) officially recognized obesity as a chronic disease state. As with any disease, options for medical care are available to help individuals manage their weight challenges and achieve a better health outcome.
The American Society of Bariatric Physicians “Obesity Algorithm” was also published this year and promotes a balanced approach to the weight loss effort of individuals. A multi-disciplinary approach addressing diet, physical activity, counseling and medication is recommended for individual treatment plans. An obesity medicine specialist can break this all down for you, but the bottom line is that help is available, and reducing your weight by 10% or more can have a profound effect on your health and state of mind.
Associated conditions related to obesity include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, depression and some cancers. Getting help for obesity can help avoid these more serious conditions. At New Horizon of Norwood, MA, customized treatment plans are created for you based on your medical history and test results. There is a wide variety of programs to choose from and initial consultations can be done over the phone.
New Horizon specializes in medical (non-surgical) weight loss and serves the communities of Norwood, Canton, Westwood, Walpole, Stoughton, Sharon, Foxborough and Dedham. Major medical insurances are accepted. Contact New Horizon at 781-269-5400.