Obesity & Nutrition

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge

Primary Care Physicians located in Woodbridge, VA

 

Obesity is a leading cause of serious health problems, and as more than 93 million people in the United States are obese according to the CDC, you could describe obesity as a health crisis. Ezra Morgan, MD, and Graham Dondlinger, MD, of AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge, are experienced physicians leading a team of health professionals who can help you lose weight and eat a more nutritious diet, restoring your health and vitality. Call the Woodbridge, Virginia, clinic today to find out more or schedule an appointment online.

703-878-8800

How are obesity and nutrition linked?

Obesity and nutrition are fundamentally linked, either through the imbalance of nutrients in the diet of someone who’s obese, or a lack of understanding of healthy nutrition that causes people to make unhealthy choices with their diet. 

At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge, the health care team believes in empowering patients by giving them the knowledge they need to make better choices, preventing the life-threatening consequences of obesity and poor nutrition.

Why is obesity bad for my health?

There is a link between obesity and some of the most devastating health problems you can face, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain forms of cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Arthritis and other joint problems
  • Sleep apnea and other breathing difficulties
  • Gallstones

As well as increasing your risk of developing these serious medical conditions, obesity can have a significant impact on your ability to enjoy your life. Being obese can make everything feel like hard work and prevent you from participating in pleasurable activities such as playing with your children or pursuing hobbies and pastimes. If you’re obese, you’re at risk of developing mood disorders like depression and anxiety in addition to your physical problems.

How do I know if I’m obese?

If your weight is starting to interfere with your life to the extent that you find it hard to carry out simple tasks like tying your shoelaces for example or walking a short distance without getting out of breath, you should visit AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge and have your BMI checked.

Your provider can calculate your BMI (body mass index) from your height and weight to give you a score. If your BMI score is 30 or over, that means you’re obese.

How can I improve my health?

With the support of the caring and compassionate team at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge, you can make changes to your lifestyle that will help you reduce your weight and regain your health and vitality.

The team can prepare a diet plan that provides you with nutritious meals to ensure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need, plus protein, fiber, and healthy fats. The diet is tailored to your specific needs, providing you with the nutrients that boost health while reducing the unhealthy fats and sugars that make you obese. If you have a hormonal imbalance or psychological problem that’s contributing to your obesity, the team can also provide effective treatments to address these factors.

If your weight is affecting your health, find out more about safe and sustainable weight loss by calling AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge today, or book an appointment online.