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Editor-In-Chief: Prab R. Tumpati M.D.. Founder, WikiMD and W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Centers. Dr. Tumpati is board certified physician practicing sleep medicine, obesity medicine, aesthetic medicine and internal medicine. Dr. Tumpati’s passion is prevention rather than cure. As a physician with fellowship training in Obesity Medicine, Dr. Tumpati has a unique approach to wellness, weight loss, aesthetics with a focus on prevention rather than cure. Dr. Tumpati believes in educating the public on the true science and art of medicine, nutrition, wellness and beauty. obesity medicine relates to the art and science of diagnosing, and treating obesity, and more than 50 different medical problems related to obesity including metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, sleep apnea, polycystic ovaries, fatty liver, acanthosis nigricans, hypertension, prediabetes, and other medical problems.


Key facts and statistics on obesity

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese and another 35 percent are overweight. Read obesity data from CDC
  • More than 190 million Americans are overweight or obese.
  • Childhood obesity has tripled in the last thirty years.
  • Rates of adult obesity now exceed 20 percent in 49 states and D.C, and 25 percent in 40 states. In 1991, rates did not exceed 20 percent in a single state.
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
  • Obesity prevalence varies from 20.5% in Colorado to 34.7% in Louisiana in 2012. No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Nine states and the District of Columbia had prevalence between 20-25%. Thirteen (13) states (Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia) had a prevalence equal to or greater than 30%.
  • Higher prevalences of adult obesity were found in the Midwest (29.5%) and the South (29.4%). Lower prevalences were observed in the Northeast (25.3%) and the West (25.1%).

Causes of weight gain

  • According to Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, founder of W8MD medical weight loss centers of America, up to 71 percent of the population are insulin resistant that leads to their weight gain, especially in the tummy and upper part of the body!

What went wrong with our diet?

Instead of blaming the victim for obesity, or yourself for obesity, it is important to understand what drives the weight gain, such as insulin resistance that affects up to 71 percent of the entire population out of which 35 percent already have metabolic syndrome.

Confusing choices

With over 20,000 books written on this topic with so much misleading information, let a trained practicing weight loss physician, Dr Prab R. Tumpati,MD educate you on the true science and art of obesity medicine.

Why the food pyramid failed?

The now withdrawn and failed food guide pyramid was a disaster as it advocated a low fat, but glycemic diet that leads to increased risk of insulin resistance which in turn causes weight gain.

Metabolic starvation in the obese

Most people that gain weight are not on a mission to gain weight intentionally. It is the paradoxical metabolic starvation that happens in the obese due to insulin resistance with a compensatory increase in the anabolic hormone called insulin that drives weight gain, hunger and metabolic starvation leading to food cravings, and weight gain!

Ted Talks: Why blaming the obese is blaming the victim?

Risks of weight gain

Weight gain and obesity, especially central adiposity, is associated with increased risk of over 50 different medical conditions and can be a significant burden on an individuals health, longevity and even their wallet given the high cost of obesity.

Some of the obesity related medical conditions include the following:

Why lose weight?

The reason to lose weight varies but some lose weight in order to reduce the risk of health problems related to weight gain, while others do it to look better, while yet others do it for fun! Irrespective of your reasons to lose weight, keeping a healthy weight is important. Learn more on the benefits of weight loss.

How to lose weight?

In order to lose weight safely and effectively, it is important to not only understand the causes of weight gain, such as insulin resistance, but also to understand the proven measures to lose weight.

5 proven measures to lose weight

  • Correction of insulin resistance, sleep disorders,eating disrders etc. with change in behavior. (behavior therapy for weight loss)
  • Very Low Calorie or Low Calorie Diet (VLCD or LCD)
  • Increased physical activity in conjuction with VLCD or LCD diet
  • Prescription medications
  • weight-loss surgery some cases

Diet for fast weight loss

See very low calorie diet or VLCD diet for fast and effective physician supervised weight loss.

Exercises for quick weight loss

Understand the role of exercise for weight loss and note that exercise alone is useless for weight loss, according to well established research. Exercise, however, is important in the maintenance of weight loss and also for overall health and is recommended in conjuction with a VLCD diet.

Medications for rapid weight loss

While there are many weight loss medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the most recent weight loss medications are Qsymia, and Belviq which are approved for long term use.

W8MD's locations for safe weight loss

You may want to search online for a weight loss center in your area that accepts health insurance. If you are in an area where there is a w8md medical weight loss centers, you can contact them. As of January, 2014, W8MD medical weight loss centers locations are as listed below.

Weight loss centers that accept insurance

W8MD in New Jersey

  • W8MD weight loss centers in Cherry Hill New Jersey at 140 Evesham Road Cherry Hill NJ 08003 Phone 800-W8MD-007

Insurance coverage for weight loss

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, all insurances are now required to provide coverage for weight loss physician visits. Learn more on the Affordable Care Act and weight loss

Before and after weight loss pictures

Videos for weight loss

Check out the weight loss and wellness videos on youtube.

Common weight loss searches

Weight loss, losing weight, diet for weight loss, how lose weight, who lose weight, fast weight loss etc. are just some of the common terms people search on google when it comes to losing weight. In fact, weight loss is one of the top searches on google in most markets consistently! So, let us examine what percentage of people in America actually search for weight loss products and services on the internet?

According to wordstream, the following are the top 50 weight loss search terms.

Up to 50 percent of all Americans actually are trying to lose weight at any given point in time according to research and weight loss remains a topic that is hotly searched on the internet.

Also see the top 100 weight loss searches in America?

Weight loss tips and secrets

Using evidence based, proven measures to lose weight in partnership with a trained and experienced weight loss physician is the secret of losing weight.

How can W8MD medical weight loss centers help?

W8MD medical weight loss centers of America can help you understand the true causes of weight gain, so you can start your journey to losing weight! Check out these useful links. W8MD offers a network of unique weight loss and sleep medicine services that provides physician practices with a solution for patients with comprehensive sleep and weight management problems. A lack of proper sleep has been shown to affect hormones like Leptins and Ghrelins, which in turn affect weight. Weight gain is a significant risk factor for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Realizing the inter- connected nature of these two fields, W8MD offers a unique sleep testing service using either in- laboratory sleep testing or at home portable sleep testing, combined with state of the art medical weight management with well trained physicians knowledgeable in the field of Bariatric Medicine. Glossary of obesity


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