Weight Loss

Partridge Comprehensive Health Services Inc.

Evelyn Partridge, DO

Board Certified Family Medicine located in Philadelphia, PA

Maintaining a healthy weight can be difficult, but it is vital for avoiding problems that are associated with excess weight. Fortunately, Dr. Evelyn Partridge and the team at Partridge Comprehensive Health Services can work with you to establish a weight loss program to return you to your best weight and stay there. Contact Partridge Comprehensive Health Services today to make an appointment.

Weight Loss Q & A

Why is being overweight a problem?

The number of people who are overweight or obese is increasing in the United States. Being overweight brings about increased risks for severe diseases and health conditions like:

  • Death
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Too much fat in the blood (triglycerides)
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Diseases of the gallbladder
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Breathing problems like sleep apnea

How can I tell if my current weight is healthy?

The two main ways of determining a healthy weight are to measure your body mass index (BMI) and your waist size. BMI is based on your weight relative to your height. The higher your BMI, the greater your risk of health problems related to being overweight.

Waist size is also an essential factor to measure because excess fat around your waist can increase your risks for many health problems. Large waist size is actually more dangerous than having fat in other parts of your body.

Body shape also is considered in determining if you're overweight since the location of fat on your body makes a difference. In general, women tend to accumulate excess fat in their buttocks and hip area, whereas men usually have excess fat in their abdomen.

When should I seek a doctor’s help for weight loss?

The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn't short-term changes in your diet or lifestyle. You must develop and stick to the changes for the rest of your life. Medications may be a part of your plan too, but they are not enough on their own.

If you're gaining weight quickly, have a BMI of at least 30, or have a large waist size -- over 35 for women or 40 for men -- contact Partridge Comprehensive Health Services to make an appointment for an assessment. They can help you make a plan to reduce your weight.