Obesity and Bariatrics

Obesity Care at Satori Health

Obesity, a complex and widespread health challenge, stems from the buildup of surplus body weight and adipose tissue, more commonly referred to as body fat. The condition is connected with an array of health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and musculoskeletal problems. Obesity’s impact isn't limited to its physical effects, as due to social stigmas, it can influence the self-esteem and mental health of those who face its challenges.

Bariatrics is a focused branch of medicine that aims to help patients manage their weight issues. The field focuses on helping those who struggle with severe weight problems get to a healthier weight and improve their overall health and well-being. While bariatric practitioners do offer surgical options, they can also provide an array of non-surgical strategies for managing obesity.

From tailored dietary guidance and behavioural therapy to exercise plans and medical interventions, bariatric practitioners provide their patients with various tools for weight management. Collaborating closely with professionals like dietitians, psychologists, and endocrinologists, bariatric practitioners can build personalized strategies to fit your personal health requirements.

Common Obesity Concerns

Some common obesity concerns that bariatric practitioners can help with include:

  • Cardiovascular Disease: Obesity increases the risk of heart diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes. The excess fat in the body can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and the buildup of fatty deposits in arteries, all of which contribute to cardiovascular issues.

  • Type 2 Diabetes: Obesity is a major risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Excess weight can lead to insulin resistance, making it harder for the body to regulate its blood sugar levels properly.

  • Childhood Obesity: A critical issue influenced by factors like genetics, sedentary lifestyles, and dietary patterns, preventing childhood obesity and managing it requires collective efforts, including educating children about nutritious eating, promoting physical play, and providing family support.

  • Certain Cancers: Obesity has been linked to an increased risk of certain cancers, including breast, colon, and pancreatic cancers. The excess fat cells can release hormones and other chemicals that promote cancer growth.

  • Sleep Apnea: Obesity is a common cause of sleep apnea, a condition where a person's breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. This can lead to poor sleep quality, daytime fatigue, and other health issues.

Obesity Treatment Options

  • Behavioural Therapy: Collaborating with healthcare professionals to identify and modify behaviours related to eating patterns, emotional triggers, and food choices. This approach can support lasting change.

  • Nutritional Counselling: Receiving personalized guidance from registered dietitians to establish healthy eating habits, portion control, and balanced meal planning. Expert advice can help you navigate food choices effectively.

  • Physical Activity Plans: Crafting customized exercise routines with fitness experts or physical therapists. Combining aerobic exercises and strength training supports weight loss and boosts fitness levels.

  • Medical Supervision: Under the guidance of medical professionals, exploring prescription medications designed to aid weight loss. Regular monitoring ensures safety and effectiveness.

  • For those with severe obesity, surgical interventions like gastric bypasses or sleeve gastrectomy may be considered. These procedures reshape the digestive system, possibly leading to substantial weight loss and improved metabolic health.

Complete Obesity and Bariatric Care at Satori Health in Calgary and Alberta

Understanding the complexities of obesity is essential to combat its effects. Prevention remains the priority, while personalized interventions can pave the way toward living healthier lives. If obesity is a concern for you or someone you care about, Satori Health is here to help. Our team of experts focus on bariatric obesity care, offering a holistic approach encompassing medical evaluations, dietary guidance, exercise plans, and psychological support. Together, we will embark on a journey toward lasting weight management and improved overall well-being.

For a list of Satori Clinics accepting patients, visit our Clinics page.