When are you considered overweight or obese?
It is usually defined as being 20-30% above the normal/average body weight for someone of the same age, gender, and height. It can be measured by one's Body Mass Index (BMI) or more accurately their Body Fat % (BF%). Normal BMI is between 18.5–24.9 and is calculated by dividing your weight (kg) by your height (meters squared). Normal body fat percentage is between 20-27% for women and 13-17% for men. This can be calculated by various methods including BioElectrical Impendance Analysis machines. This is the method the Naturopathic Doctors use at Kleinburg Integrative Health.
What causes it? There are many potential causes of weight gain. Some factors may include one or many of the following: poor diet, overeating, pregnancy, lack of physical activity or inactivity, stress, genetics and gender (women are more likely to become obese, due to increase body fat mass).
What are my treatment options? Most healthcare providers believe that overweight individuals should try to lose weight gradually. This reduces the risk of nutritional deficiencies, a slower metabolism and increases the likelihood of long-term success.
It is well known by the medical community that being overweight is associated with many forms of chronic disease. Unfortunately most medical doctors do not have enough time to educate patients and provide the ongoing care that is necessary to support patients trying to loose weight. A referral to a trained practitioner such as a Holistic Nutritionist or Naturopathic Doctor can make success in achieving the ideal weight a reality. If emotional eating is a factor in your weight gain, psychotherapy with either a Clinical Psychologist or a Psychotherapist may the best route.
Complimentary Healthcare Options:
A healthy diet and regular exercise are major contributors to treating weight concerns. However, it is not just a matter of cutting out candy or hamburgers. Many people do not realize that the food they thought was healthy for them, is working against their goals to loose weight.Food intolerance testing performed by a trusted laboratory or practitioner is a very helpful tool in identifying food intolerances that may be negatively effecting a persons digestion and metabolism.
First Line Therapy is a therapeutic nutritional program designed to support weight loss by providing patients with a structured food plan. An assessment with one of the leading KIH Naturopathic Doctors is completed including BIA testing, measurements and if needed, blood work to test thyroid, hormone and various other metabolic factors.
Holistic Nutritionists are highly trained in working with clients to shed those unnecessary pounds. They assess you for nutrient deficiencies and metabolic disturbances that may be negatively affecting your ability to loose weight. They can also prepare meal plans based on these results to help you improve your diet and get on the right path to weight loss and better health.
Click here to learn more about all KIH's Specific Weight Loss Programs. Feel free to schedule a complimentary consult with any of the leading healthcare practitioners and start on your path to better health!
If you are looking for effective treatments for weight loss and excess weight, come visit us at KIH clinic. We are located right in the heart of the Kleinburg village. Fill out the form to the right of this page and we will get right back to you promptly with up-to-date, accurate and useful information on the next best steps in the treatment of your condition/concern.