Obesity Treatment Center

An obesity treatment center may be the last stop for a person who has tried for years to lose weight. Yo-yo dieting, depression, guilt, a sense of failure and many other components go into a person who has allowed himself to become obese. Obesity has been defined by the American Medical Association and the National Institute of Health as a BMI (body mass index) of over 30. Obesity is caused by both genetic and behavioral factors. Treatment of obesity usually takes more than just a diet change to end the cycle of emotional and behavioral destructive behavior. Obesity is a highly serious condition that leads in many cases to serious illnesses such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, heart failure, and certain forms of cancer. It has been called a national epidemic by the leading medical experts in the United States.

But those who are obese, unless there is a functional problem such as a thyroid issue, have much deeper issues than just eating the wrong kinds of food. This is why a sermon from a well meaning spouse or friend on eating less, or nagging or yelling can't and won't help the situation. An obesity treatment center is staffed by trained staff persons who can help with the deeply emotional reasons behind the overeating disorder. Overeating brings about a great deal of guilt, depression and low self-esteem that cannot be swept under the table by platitudes. The depression may be dealt with prescription drugs, but the guilt and low self esteem must be dealt with on a psychological level.

The trained staff persons at an obesity treatment center will be those who are trained in cognitive therapy. Counselors familiar with and licensed in using cognitive therapy feel that in many cases, this is the best approach for those dealing with food addiction issues. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that thoughts cause behavior and feelings rather than external things like people and events. This means that people can change the way they think even if the situation does not change. The average number of sessions that a patient has with cognitive behavioral therapy is sixteen. This may amount to sixteen weeks or eight or even four weeks of counseling, depending on the schedule. One of the deep principles of cognitive therapy is to teach the client or patient rational self-counseling skills. This must occur at an obesity treatment center if a client will be successful in the months and years after leaving the center.

In some cases, the intense counseling and group therapy that occurs at an obesity treatment center does the job and through careful diet and physical exercise significant weight loss takes place. But the staff at such a center is always quick to remind the patient that this weight loss battle will be an on-going issue for the rest of the patient's life. This means that those who were formerly overweight in significant measure will need to have a strong support system for the rest of life. But many of those who enter an obesity treatment center, while responding well to cognitive therapy, need an additional intervention to bring about success. Being highly overweight can bring about great guilt, low self esteem and feelings of self hate, and all of these emotions can make a person feel that no one understands. But God is very much aware so tell Him how you feel! "Oh Lord, thou hast searched me and known me...thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off." (Psalm 139: 1, 2)

When additional intervention is needed, an obesity treatment center will present two surgical alternatives that the patient can consider: gastric bypass and gastric lapband surgery. Gastric bypass surgery is the more radical of the two procedures, which involves making the stomach smaller by stapling the stomach into two sections, one much smaller than the other. The smaller stomach is then connected to the middle portion of the small intestine so the larger portion of the stomach is by passed altogether. Gastric lapband surgery uses a band that is adjustable to make the small pouch in the upper end if the stomach. This creates a full feeling in the patient and hopefully less food will be ingested, leading to weight loss. No invasive cutting or stapling is needed in this procedure. In some cases, after the procedures are performed and weight loss occurs, there is a complete reversal of hypertension and even diabetes.

Obesity today is viewed as a disease just as alcoholism eventually came to be seen as more than just uncontrolled drinking that needs to be stopped. Before 1985, obesity was defined as a "single adverse behavior of inappropriate eating in the setting of attractive foods." So according to that definition, the person who was surrounded by mountains of Ho-Hos and dived in to devour twenty five of them was considered obese, even though he may have been six feet two and weighed a hundred and sixty five pounds. Clearly, the nature of obesity has come a long way in its being understood in all of its cultural, physiological and emotional components. Now the National Institute of Health says obesity "is a complex, multifactorial chronic disease that develops from an interaction of genotype and the environment." And while the medical community has finally gotten the message, obesity treatment center staff members must often help its clients deal with society's revulsion of them.

Obesity Surgery Specialist

Obesity surgery specialist offer individuals who suffer with weight control problems a way to overcome those problems by losing the extra pounds through various surgical procedures. Surgeries available include but are not limited to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, extensive gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric banding, and vertical banded gastroplasty. Another way to lose extra pounds is through an obesity treatment center. Individuals who enroll in this type of program are provided with a medically supervised diet and undergo psychological behavior therapy. Learning new behavior regarding diet and exercise is essential in keeping off weight lost.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a common procedure that has proven to be successful for losing weight. This type of surgery is performed by an obesity surgery specialist in the event diet and exercise have failed. The stomach is stapled resulting in a smaller stomach and the smaller stomach is attached to a lower section of small intestine so less calories and nutrients are absorbed. Caloric intake should be no more than about 800 per day for at least the first 18 months afterwards and then can increase to about 1200 thereafter.

Extensive gastric bypass surgery involves the removal of the majority of the stomach. This procedure is not commonly done because it is more invasive with greater risks involved. The remaining stomach is attached to the lower part of the smaller intestine and can result in less nutrients being absorbed to the point of excessive deficiencies. This procedure is not recommended except in extreme cases where a person has tried everything else and is morbidly obese. Pray and ask God to guide and direct every decision that is made toward achieving weight loss and trust Him to rebuke the storm and in its place there will be peace. "And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm" (Matthew 8:26).

Laparoscopic gastric banding is a fairly new procedure that is becoming popular over other options. This method of weight loss involves the insertion of a silicone inflatable band around the stomach. After the band is inserted into the skin the obesity surgery specialist inflates the band to section off part of the stomach. This is less invasive than some operations because it is usually done using a laparoscopic technique where small incisions are made and there is no cutting or stapling involved. The band slows the emptying of the stomach and the patient feels full for longer periods of time.

A vertical banded gastroplasty involves using staples and a band that creates a smaller stomach. Leakage of gastric juices into the abdomen, erosion of staples and the band might possibly take place overtime. Another concern with this method is that after a while the rate of weight loss slows tremendously. An obesity surgery specialist may not recommend this method and may not even offer it because of the risks involved.

Risks and side effects that are associated with weight loss operations include but are not limited to nausea, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, diarrhea, stretching of the stomach, nutritional deficiencies, abdominal ruptures, gallstones, bloating, increased gas, and excessive sweating. Patients should not consider invasive surgical methods unless all other options have been exhausted. Candidates for gastric procedures are normally morbidly obese with a body mass index of more than 40 and 80 plus pounds overweight.

Surgery is not for everyone and there are those who will seek after other types of weight loss methods over surgical ones. One such option is available through an obesity treatment center. The professionals that work with individuals enrolled in the program usually include physicians, behaviorists, dietitians, therapists and exercise physiologists. Each individual is evaluated and offered a special meal and exercise plan that will offer the best possible solutions. Some clinics also work with people who suffer from mental disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating.

Full services included with weight loss programs are set up to help those who have addictions to food and strive to educate their patients about healthy living through diet and exercise. An obesity treatment center will also work with people who have health problems, illnesses, and diseases associated with obesity. Some also work with those who suffer from alcohol, drug addiction and dependency.

Many people suffer from being overweight because of psychological disorders and behavioral problems. With a proper evaluation, a psychologist or behaviorist can determine possible causes of underlying psychological and behavior problems that might be contributing to obesity. A person may develop an eating disorder when trying to cope with depression, family problems, and any kind of stress that makes a person feel out of control of their own life, guilt, shame, anxiety, loneliness, and alienation. An obesity treatment center will have professionals who know how to deal with these types of problems.

Fitness through exercise and eating healthy enables a person to not only lose weight but can help to ensure that the weight lost will not be regained. An obesity treatment center provides a fitness plan based upon an individual's needs. Some of the activities available include but are not limited to walking, running, weight-training, dancing, swimming, bicycling, and swimming. It is imperative that each individual tell a physician about all health concerns and illnesses before beginning an exercise program.

The two differences between weight loss surgery and a weight loss program are the rate at which the extra pounds are lost. Seeing an obesity surgery specialist and having gastric bypass or lapband surgery will result in a faster rate of weight loss than going through a planned program using diet, exercise, and behavioral changes. A person should exhaust every effort for treating obesity before undergoing an operation.

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