Compared to some of the other big cities in the United States, the city of New York might be considered a lean city. While the statistics might support the idea, the numbers are affected due to the high number of super thin individuals in the borough of Manhattan. If you analyze the data and look at the obesity statistics by each borough in the city of New York, you would realize that some boroughs do worse than others.
What percent of the population of New York City are overweight or obese?
Let us look at the statistics – New York City has it’s share of the overweight or obese.
More than half of adult New Yorkers are overweight (34%) or obese (22%) – combined together, the proportion of the population that is overweight or obese is 56%. It does compare favorably however, when you look at the overall obesity and overweight statistics for the entire US where obesity rates are as high as 39% with overweight at over 30% for a combined 70% for both obesity or overweight.
What are the risks of being overweight or obese in New York City?
People (adults and children) who are overweight are at increased risk for over 50 different medical problems including diabetes heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis, and cancer.
OK, let us say you are overweight or obese, or just have some stubborn areas of fat while being in the normal weight, where do you find proper help that does not cost you an arm and a leg? With over 20, 000 books written on the topic of diet, it is not only overwhelming but also confusing for the average consumer to understand and focus on what is a proven and reliable diet and what is another fad diet.
How to find the best weight loss program in New York City that actually works?
8 things to do find the best weight loss program in NYC.
Step 1 to losing weight in NYC
Where do you start to understand whether you need to lose weight?
While there are many advanced tests that are available such as body plethysmography, the simpler way to know whether you are overweight or obese is to use the popular BMI (body mass index) scale.
So, you can start with checking your Body Mass Index or BMI available on W8MD.
- BMI < 18 Underweight
- BMI > 19 to 24.9 Healthy Weight
- BMI > 25 to 29.9 Overweight
- BMI > 30 to 34.9 Mildly Obese
- BMI > 35 to 39.9 Moderately Obese
- BMI > 40 is Morbidly Obese
Step 2 to lose weight in NYC
Understand your distribution of the weight plays a major role in determining your health risks associated with being overweight or obese. Also note that you could be normal weight but be metabolically obese with central or abdominal distribution of weight which increases your health risks. The opposite is also true where you can be overweight or obese but be metabolically normal. A simple and practical way to measure your health risks associated with being overweight or obese is to measure your waist circumference.
Excessive abdominal fat may be serious because it places you at greater risk for developing obesity-related conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. Your waistline may be telling you that you have a higher risk of developing obesity-related conditions if you are:
- A man whose waist circumference is more than 40 inches
- A non-pregnant woman whose waist circumference is more than 35 inches
For Asians, correct it down by 5 inches both for men and women.
How to correctly measure waist circumference?
To correctly measure waist circumference:
- Stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above your hipbones
- Make sure tape is horizontal around the waist
- Keep the tape snug around the waist, but not compressing the skin
- Measure your waist just after you breathe out
Step 3 to lose weight in NYC
What is insulin?
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps glucose in your blood enter cells in your muscle, fat, and liver, where it’s used for energy. Glucose comes from the food you eat. The liver also makes glucose in times of need, such as when you’re fasting. When blood glucose, also called blood sugar, levels rise after you eat, your pancreas releases insulin into the blood. Insulin then lowers blood glucose to keep it in the normal range.
What is insulin resistance?
Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t easily take up glucose from your blood. As a result, your pancreas makes more insulin to help glucose enter your cells. As long as your pancreas can make enough insulin to overcome your cells’ weak response to insulin, your blood glucose levels will stay in the healthy range. More than 84 million people ages 18 and older have prediabetes in the United States which is about 1 out of every 3 adults.
Step 4 to lose weight in NYC
Find a weight loss program that has staff and physicians that have specialized training in the field of obesity medicine.
An average physician gets so little nutrition education that one study found 94% of all physicians in the US got little or no nutrition education at all! Most physicians not only have nothing to offer to their overweight or obese patients, but they start blaming their patients for weight gain as if these patients have been on a mission to gain weight. Nutrition and weight gain are complex topics that need specialized education and experience to deal with these issues.
What makes W8MD weight loss physicians different?
Dr Prab R. Tumpati, founder and medical director of W8MD is a board certified physician with significant practice experience in managing sleep disorders, and obesity. As one of the few physicians that have the privilege of a fellowship training in Obesity Medicine, Dr Tumpati is very passionate about educating the public and physicians about how some of the nutritional concepts were misunderstood. Having also passed a written board examination in the field of Bariatric Medicine offered by the American Board of Bariatric Medicine(ABBM), Dr Tumpati has unique experience and is passionate about educating the public about the effects of obesity, specifically, metabolic syndrome in both adults and children. Learn more…
Step 5 to lose weight in NYC
Find a weight loss program in NYC that works with your health insurance for weight loss physician visits and any tests.
What insurances W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa centers accept?
While each W8MD location accepts a different set of insurances based on what is popular in those areas, we can say that W8MD accepts most insurances. Some of the insurances we accept include, but not limited to the following:
- Medicare and Medicaid
- Blue Cross Blue Shield, various insurances in the IBX family
- Emblemhealth GHI
- United Healthcare
As one of the very few medical weight loss programs to work with most insurances, W8MD weight loss program is the most affordable weight loss program cheaper than even non-physician supervised weight loss programs such as Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers that add up more than the cost of W8MD. With just $50.00 additional cost on top of insurance that includes up to 2 diet medications, W8MD simply is the most affordable, most effective and most sought after treatment for losing weight under the careful supervision of trained weight loss physicians.
Step 6 to lose weight in NYC
Understand the 5 clinically proven measures to lose weight and consult with an obesity medicine physician to find out which plan is right for you to lose weight.
Obesity is treated with 5 clinically proven measures – despite many fad diets, these 5 are the only proven measures that can help you to lose weight.
Obesity is treated using one or more of these strategies:
- a diet low in calories
- increased physical activity
- behavior therapy
- prescription medications
- weight-loss surgery
Step 7 to lose weight in NYC
Follow up regularly and see it is a long term problem.
Did you that obesity is a chronic medical problem that needs long term plan? The traditional approach of treating obesity as a short term problem is flawed and does not work. Obesity is a long term medical problem that needs a long term approach. It is important to follow up on a regular basis not only reach your weight loss goals but also to maintain it.
Step 8 to lose weight in NYC
Understand that losing weight in NYC is not about a diet but a lifestyle change – you need to keep at it to keep from regaining the weight.
Although the long-term results of losing weight irrespective of the weight loss measure chosen vary widely, weight regain is common. To prevent weight regain, any weight loss plan should always be combined with other ways to lose weight and with an active follow-up program. For most people who have obesity, the condition is long term and requires a lifetime of attention even after formal methods to treat the obesity end. You may need to commit to permanent changes of healthier eating, regular physical activity, and an improved outlook about food.
At W8MD, we offer a maintenance plan once you reached your weight loss goal so that you can keep the weight off and if start gaining the weight, you can start early.
How can W8MD help me lose weight in NYC?
W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss that addresses all the complex issues leading to weight gain, both in adults and children. Since its inception in 2011, W8MD has successfully helped thousands of patients succeed in not only losing weight but also keep it off with an ongoing maintenance plan.