Q: What is Obesity and Morbid Obesity ?
A : Obesity results from having an abnormally high proportion of body fat which exceeds the body’s skeletal and physical standards. Obesity develops into morbid obesity when an individual is 100 pounds or more over their ideal bodyweight and has a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or higher. Morbid obesity affects an estimated 10 million Americans; a number that has nearly doubled in the last 30 years. Morbid obesity includes one or more serious health conditions or diseases that are a direct result of the excess weight an individual is carrying. These are known as co-morbidities. Co-morbidities result in an individual experiencing some type of significant physical ailment, which in some cases can lead to death. With over 10 million sufferers today, morbid obesity is becoming more than just a serious disease, it’s a national epidemic.
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Q: Does insurance cover weight loss program ?
A : Insurance carriers are inconsistent in what they cover when it comes to weight loss and vary greatly by state. It is important to contact insurance providers, prior to the program, to see if they cover completely or just a portion of it. Employee healthcare spending (FLEX plan) accounts are also options for reimbursement with some employers.
Q: What kind of lifestyle changes should I make to lose and keep the weight off ?
A : Aside from the most obvious change that takes place with respect to diet, there are a number of other lifestyle changes that have to occur in order to experience success on your weight loss journey.
Please Note: It’s important to remember that weight loss is not the answer for everyone who suffers from obesity. Also, the program is not a guarantee to produce and maintain long term weight loss. It’s only the beginning of a lifelong commitment to healthy living that is required if you are to succeed. During the program, you will begin the process of making important lifestyle and behavior changes in order to increase your chances of experiencing lasting weight loss and continued good health.