According for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults are affected by the disease of obesity. Despite efforts to combat this disease, the obesity epidemic continues to grow. American spend over $2.5 billion dollars on commercial weight loss services every year and yet obesity prevalence continues to worsen. Why? Because we are doing it wrong! Obesity is not simply a disease of energy imbalance or lack of willpower. Obesity is influenced by a complex interaction of genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors. The majority of health professionals have not received proper education and training to effectively treat obesity. In fact, only about 2,650 physicians are certified to treat obesity by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. At Heartland Weight Loss, we are trained and committed to providing effective, evidence-based weight loss therapy for patients affected by excess weight.
Obesity is a chronic disease:
Excess weight, especially obesity, diminishes almost every aspect of health, from reproductive and respiratory function to memory and mood. Obesity increases the risk of many debilitating and deadly diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and many cancers. It does this through a variety of pathways, some as straightforward as the mechanical stress of carrying extra pounds and some involving complex changes in hormones and metabolism. Obesity decreases the quality and length of life, and increases individual, national, and global healthcare costs.
We can help!
Through advanced training, we have created several weight loss programs designed to improve health and wellness along with diminishing excess weight. Let us help you on your weight-loss journey!
A note from Dr. Younglove: "I believe that obesity is a chronic, progressive, deadly disease and patients deserve to be treated by a trained physician practicing solid, evidence-based medicine. Obesity is not simply a disease caused by lack of personal responsibility. Patients suffering from obesity deserve to be evaluated by a physician who will not judge or shame them, but will work with them to find the best possible solutions to their health problems. Patients need someone who can measure success in terms of health, and not just a number on a scale. It is possible to successfully lose weight and keep it off - and to significantly improve overall health and wellness in the process. It isn't always easy, but it's achievable."
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