BODY MASS INDEX
Over 5 million Australians suffer from obesity.
Obesity can be treated.
Sometimes people don’t seek treatment because they think, “It doesn’t apply to me. I carry some extra weight, but I don’t have obesity.”
The first thing to do is to check your Body Mass Index, or BMI. You can do it online.
If your BMI is above 30 you have obesity and if it’s above 35 you have severe obesity.
If you have developed obesity related complications, such as diabetes, infertility, sleep apnoea, heart disease, joint pain, it is time to take decisive action to turn your health around.
If your BMI is above 40, even if you feel healthy, treatment is needed to prevent health problems and an early death.
Start a conversation with your GP about obtaining the most effective treatment for obesity – for a healthier, happier you.
OBESITY AND HEART DISEASE
Heart disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes.
The Heart Foundation considers obesity a major risk factor for heart disease. Severe obesity is associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, irregular heartbeats and heart failure.
People with severe obesity are at a higher risk of having a heart attack.
The good news is, if you have severe obesity, losing a large amount of weight reduces the risks associated with heart disease by a whopping 82%.
Start the conversation with your GP about obtaining the most effective weight loss treatment available to help you eat less, move more for a healthier, happier you.
OBESITY AND DIABETES
For people suffering from Type 2 Diabetes and obesity, there is a treatment available that can put their diabetes into remission.
That means almost one in 3 Australians with Type 2 diabetes, could have no more insulin injections, no more medications.
That treatment is surgery.
For people with Type 2 diabetes and a BMI above 35, Australian guidelines recommend metabolic surgery be offered as the most effective treatment for their disease.
People with a BMI above 30 who are struggling to control their Type 2 diabetes and have an increased risk of heart disease, should also be offered metabolic surgery.
Metabolic surgery puts diabetes into remission in 60- 80% of cases.
If you suffer from obesity and diabetes, start the conversation with your GP about obtaining the most effective treatment for your disease.
OBESITY AND HEART BURN
If you get heartburn, you know the feeling well: a slight hiccup and then a burning sensation in your chest and throat.
But did you know that having obesity increases your risk of having heartburn.
As a person’s weight rises, so can their heartburn symptoms.
It’s thought that too much fat around the middle compresses the stomach, leading to acid reflux.
The good news is – treating obesity treats heartburn.
When their obesity is treated, up to 98% of suffers find their heartburn also resolves.
If you struggle with obesity and heartburn, start a conversation with your GP to obtain the most effective treatment available, for a healthier happier you.
OBESITY AND REFLUX
If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease you know the discomfort and pain an upset stomach brings.
But did you know that having obesity both causes and worsens gastroesophageal reflux disease?
If you already have gastroesophageal reflux disease, having obesity increases your risk of developing two more conditions – erosive esophagitis and cancer of the esophagus.
Why? Well, it’s thought that too much fat around the middle compresses the stomach, causing and worsening acid reflux.
The good news is – treating obesity treats reflux.
When their obesity is treated, up to 98% of sufferers find their heartburn also resolves.
If you struggle with both obesity and reflux, start a conversation with your GP to obtain the most effective treatment available, for a healthier happier you.