The days of feeling publically shamed for being overweight are long gone. With the advances in understanding how long-term weight gain occurs physicians better understand that it’s out of some of our control just like other diseases and with that their working to build awareness around obesity as a disease. That’s leading to more studies, more proof, and better solutions for long-term weight loss and weight management. Something that holds some back from living a full and happy life. We’re so glad to be part of a team of physicians that are working to change the stigma.

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Here are 4 ways we’re helping address the obesity epidemic:

We acknowledge obesity as a disease

In 2013, the American Medical Association acknowledged obesity as a disease. Since then, doctors have made it a priority to treat it more aggressively and not just chalk it up to heredity. Obesity is reversible and if you need medical care to make that happen then so be it, we’re here for you and have options that can change your life.

We don’t play the blame game

Patients who have struggled with obesity often hate going to the doctor because the doctors might tell them that they’re doing something wrong or they didn’t do something well enough. We don’t do that when patients come in with diabetes or cancer and obesity is no different.

We use medication when appropriate

Hormones that regulate how much we eat or how much we store are so important to successful weight loss. Different therapies, like medication, for example, to treat obesity, can make a tremendous difference in how your body communicates making your physical efforts of diet and exercise have increased results. Medicine for weight loss isn’t just for suppressing your appetite.

Provide a path to lasting lifestyle change

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The most important part of what we as doctors can do is give you a plan with a strong foundation that you can follow step by step to success. We at United Bariatric Center of Kansas City take the steps necessary to help you adjust your lifestyle, what you eat and how you spend your days. Whether that includes bariatric surgery or not, we can provide you with vital know-how to live a healthy and active life! Take a leap of faith for yourself and contact us today…

The Impact of Obesity on Overall Health

Obesity is a significant risk factor for numerous chronic health conditions, highlighting the importance of weight management. Here’s a glimpse into some of the potential consequences:

  • Cardiovascular Disease: Obesity is a major contributor to heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Excess weight can strain the heart, increase bad cholesterol levels, and damage blood vessels.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: Obesity is a leading risk factor for type 2 diabetes, a condition where the body struggles to regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Certain Cancers: Obesity is linked to an increased risk of developing certain cancers, including breast cancer, colon cancer, and endometrial cancer.
  • Sleep Apnea: Excess weight can contribute to sleep apnea, a condition characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep.
  • Musculoskeletal Issues: Obesity can put excessive stress on joints, leading to pain and conditions like osteoarthritis.

We have 3 locations in the Kansas City area:

Independence – Near Centerpoint Hospital: 19101 B Valley View Parkway, Independence, MO 64055 – Directly across the street from Costco
Lee’s Summit – Lee’s Summit Medical Center: 2100 SE Blue Pkwy, Suite 120, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Kansas City – St. Joseph Medical Center: 1000 Carondelet Drive, Suite 203B, Kansas City, MO 64114

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