Obesity Specialist

Oasis Weight Loss Center

Weight Loss Physicians located in Boynton Beach, FL

Dr. Dean Sloan has helped many Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and Lake Worth, Florida, residents who struggle with their weight. As an obesity specialist, Dr. Sloan is familiar with the latest advances in the treatment of this common condition.

Obesity Q & A

What Exactly is Obesity?

Obesity is a chronic medical condition in which a person weighs significantly more than he or she should. Specifically, it is diagnosed as a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or greater.

BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s weight, expressed in kilograms, by the square of his or her height, expressed in meters. 

Because BMI does not take into consideration body composition, or how much fat mass and lean mass a person has, it is not a perfect tool for determining medically significant obesity. However, in most cases, it is a reliable representation.

Here are the reference ranges for BMI:

  • A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy or normal
  • A BMI between 25.0 and 29.9 is considered overweight
  • A BMI of 30.0 and above is considered obese

Additionally, patients may be diagnosed as severely obese if they have a BMI over 40.0 or between 35.0 and 39.9 and having at least one obesity-related health condition. Examples of obesity-related health conditions include high blood pressure and diabetes.

What Are the Main Causes of Obesity?

Many different factors may contribute to a person’s obesity. Unhealthy eating and not exercising enough are two of the main causes, but genetic, cultural, and environmental factors can all play a role.

How is Obesity Treated?

There are many different ways to treat obesity. Some of the most common include the following:

  • Exercise and nutrition counseling
  • Support groups
  • Prescription medications
  • Specially designed food products
  • Bariatric surgery

Surgery is only required in the most severe cases, and it’s usually reserved for when other treatment options are ineffective. In most cases, patients can lose weight and overcome obesity with the right counseling and specially designed food products, and occasionally with prescription medications. To determine what course of treatment is best for them, patients should seek care from a healthcare provider who is specifically trained and experienced in obesity medicine.