Weight Loss

Volusia Medical Center

Family Medicine Clinic & Preventative Medicine Specialists located in New Smyrna Beach, FL & Daytona Beach, FL

To say that the weight problem in the United States is serious would be an understatement. One out of every three adults are considered overweight and a further one in three tips the scales into obesity. At Volusia Medical Center, John Yee, MD, and the team partner with their patients to swing the scales in the opposite direction through medically supervised weight loss programs. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, call one of the three offices in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, or Deland, Florida, or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.

Weight Loss

How does extra weight affect my health?

The health implications that stem from being overweight or obese are grave and even life-threatening. To give you an idea of the breadth and scope of the complications that come with carrying extra weight, here’s a sample of conditions that your excess weight can either cause or exacerbate:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Sleep apnea

As you can see by this list, there are few areas of your health that your weight somehow doesn’t affect. The good news is that your weight is something you can take charge of, especially with the help of the Volusia Medical Center team.

How do I know if I’m overweight?

If you’re wondering whether your weight is problematic, a great place to start is the body mass index (BMI) calculator, which measures the percentage of body fat you carry. By entering your height and weight (and sometimes your gender), the BMI calculator produces a number, which falls into one of the following four categories:

  • Under 18.5: Underweight
  • 18.5 to 24.9: Normal weight
  • 25 to 29.9: Overweight
  • Over 30: Obese

These numbers are designed to provide you with a broad view of your weight as there are many other factors to consider, such as your body type, medical history, and age. To help you better understand where you should fall weight-wise, your doctor performs a complete assessment that takes your unique considerations into account.

How do I go about weight loss?

If your provider finds that you could benefit from weight loss, the team works with you to tailor a program that will help you lose weight, and keep it off. Having medical oversight during your weight loss journey is critical as it accomplishes several objectives, including:

  • Helping you lose weight safely
  • Providing you with an actionable plan
  • Giving you the tools you need, including specific medications
  • Helping you maintain your weight loss
  • Providing some accountability

Ultimately, a medically supervised weight loss program is designed for long-term success so that you can lead a happy, active, and healthy life long into the future.

To gain the upper hand on your weight and your health, call Volusia Medical Center, or make an appointment using the online booking feature.