Monday, June 25, 2012

Obesity: Prevention and Reversal

By: Robert A. Shaffer M.D., Gastroenterology Associates N.A.P.C. & Medical Director of Shaffer Weight Loss Center

            As gastroenterologists we treat people with a multitude of GI disorders, many of the disorders that we treat are related directly or indirectly to obesity or improper diet. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States due to consuming high energy, low nutrient diets, living a more sedentary lifestyle watching oversized flat screens and playing video games or many tiring work days with longer commutes compared to the1960’s.  In Alabama over 30% of the population is obese and over 60% of the United States is either overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity are both preventable and reversible with proper nutrition and exercise; our goal is to consistently educate people on how to become successful in reaching their long term health goals.
Overweight and obesity is described as having excess of adipose tissue causing a person to be at a high risk for certain diseases. A measurement of these risks can be taken by measuring an individual’s Body Mass Index or BMI. BMI consists of a formula that uses a person’s height and weight that will give an accurate estimate of disease risk. BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight, 30 and above is obese.
What does this mean for 60% of the population that is overweight or obese? It means that they will at some point begin to experience some type of health issues as a direct result of this unwanted excess adipose tissue: atherosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, joint pain and degeneration, kidney stones, gallstones, cancers of the breast, uterus, and liver in women and cancer of the colon, rectum and prostate gland in men. Excess fat in the thoracic cavity impairs breathing leading to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the blood causing fatigue. These aliments require medications to help maintain homeostasis and can also cause unwanted side effects.

Reducing body fat by 8% - 10% could make an obese patient less dependent on medication. Overweight patients may not have health issues yet but if they were to begin a good nutrition and exercise plan they could greatly reduce the future risk for these health concerns. We have become a society that is addicted to bad foods, and bad habits and we help our patients to break out of the cycle of eating the wrong foods for the wrong reasons, and changing the attitudes towards exercise and fitness to take away the fear of starting that road to lifelong fitness by giving them the tools they need to get there.

We are now offering the Serotonin Plus Weight Loss Program® at our Saint Vincent’s East Location. This is a program that focuses on reducing carbohydrate cravings by using an oral supplement that does this very effectively in combination with a reasonable diet low in carbohydrates and starches. The dietary plan is based on real foods and educates patients on nutritious food selections and portion control along with regular exercise based on the individual’s tolerance for an average weight loss of 35 pounds in 12 weeks. With great success, 99% of or patients are able to achieve their weight loss goals and are feeling the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


 For more information on our weight loss programs please contact:


Robert A. Shaffer Medical Director of Shaffer Weight Loss Center
Denise Biro Weight Loss Coordinator

Shaffer Weight Loss Center
100 Pilot Medical Drive
Suite 250
Birmingham AL 35235

(p) 205 397 1448

References & Resources:​body_mass_index.pdf

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