Weight Loss Specialist

Kansas Medical Associates, PA

Internists & Pediatricians located in Andover, KS

Weight loss can be very difficult, especially as we get older. The staff at Kansas Medical Associates in Wichita, Kansas, offer supervised weight loss programs to help people create balance in life while lowering their risk of chronic illnesses at the same time. Obesity is an epidemic in this country and the doctors at Kansas Medical Associates are doing their part to reverse that trend.

Weight Loss Q&A

What is medically supervised weight loss?

A medically supervised weight loss program uses a combination of techniques to help patients meet their weight loss goals. No two people are alike, so this service personalizes a weight loss strategy for each patient based on body weight, BMI (Body mass index) — which shows your percentage of body fat — and other health considerations like diabetes or heart disease.

Effective weight loss requires more than what current fad diets offers. Most of these diets effectively cut calories, so you might lose weight, but it's not sustainable. Permanent weight loss requires a change in attitude and understanding, not just a temporary diet fix.

Through medically supervised weight loss, you learn to understand and respect your body and its relationship with food. With constructive patient education, you will develop an appreciation for nutrition, portion control, and good physical fitness. That combination of factors leads to a lifetime of weight management. Medically supervised weight loss is the only way some people can get off the diet roller coaster and succeed where they’ve failed so many times before.

Why is weight such a problem?

Ten extra pounds isn't a big deal, but most patients who undergo medically supervised weight loss need to lose considerably more weight. Many are clinically obese, meaning they have a BMI of 30 or higher. True medical obesity is broken down into categories:

  • Class 1 has a BMI over 30 but less than 35
  • Class 2 has a BMI of 35 to 39
  • Class 3 has a BMI of 40 or higher

High BMI ratios like this put patients at risk for a number of chronic illnesses such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoarthritis

Obesity can lead to mental health issues, as well. Depression is not uncommon in people who’ve been unable to lose weight permanently. Healthy weight management is one of the best ways to prevent chronic disease and, for some, that requires medical intervention.

What is involved in medical weight loss?

Your medical weight loss program will depend on your overall health so programs vary from person to person. An obese patient with diabetes might require a different approach than someone with thyroid disease.

Your program will start with a physical exam and lifestyle assessment.

Most weight loss plans will include a combination of diet management and exercise programs designed for your needs and abilities.

In some cases, your healthcare provider might provide medication treatments along with diet and exercise to assist in your progress.