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The way people search on the internet is interesting – one of the common keywords for weight loss is www weight loss. Let us review what really helps with weight loss in this W8MD article. Obesity is a common and serious health problem affecting up to 39% of the adult population of the united states. Here are some questions and answers related to weight loss.

  • How do I know if I am overweight or obese?

The simplest way to know if you are weight or obese is to try one of the free online Body Mass Index Calculators.

  • Underweight: BMI is less than 18.5.
  • Normal weight: BMI is 18.5 to 24.9.
  • Overweight: BMI is 25 to 29.9.
  • Obese: BMI is 30 or more.
  • How does my weight affect my health? 

  • Obesity affects over 50 different medical conditions including
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning.
  • How can I find out if I am at increased health risk related to the distribution of weight?

Not all people that are overweight or obese are at the same health risk – some are considered being at higher risk compared to others based on the distribution of their body fat and weight.

Waist circumference (WC) is an indicator of health risk associated with excess fat around the waist. A waist circumference of 102 centimetres (40 inches) or more in men, or 88 centimetres (35 inches) or more in women, is associated with health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

  • Can obesity increase risk of developing cancer?

Yes. Many types of cancers especially those of gastrointestinal and genitourinary cancer risk is increased with obesity.

There is evidence to show that higher amounts of body fat are associated with increased risks of a number of cancers, including:

  • Endometrial cancer: Obese and overweight women are two to about four times as likely as normal-weight women to develop endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus), and extremely obese women are about seven times as likely to develop the more common of the two main types of this cancer.
  • Esophageal adenocarcinoma: People who are overweight or obese are about twice as likely as normal-weight people to develop a type of esophageal cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma, and people who are extremely obese are more than four times as likely
  • Gastric cardia cancer: People who are obese are nearly twice as likely as normal-weight people to develop cancer in the upper part of the stomach, that is, the part that is closest to the esophagus
  • Liver cancer: People who are overweight or obese are up to twice as likely as normal-weight people to develop liver cancer. The association between overweight/obesity and liver cancer is stronger in men than women.
  • Kidney cancer: People who are overweight or obese are nearly twice as likely as normal-weight people to develop renal cell cancer, the most common form of kidney cancer. The association of renal cell cancer with obesity is independent of its association with high blood pressure, a known risk factor for kidney cancer.
  • Multiple myeloma: Compared with normal-weight individuals, overweight and obese individuals have a slight (10% to 20%) increase in the risk of developing multiple myeloma.
  • Meningioma: The risk of this slow-growing brain tumor that arises in the membranes surrounding the brain and the spinal cord is increased by about 50% in people who are obese and about 20% in people who are overweight.
  • Pancreatic cancer: People who are overweight or obese are about 1.5 times as likely to develop pancreatic cancer as normal-weight people.
  • Colorectal cancer: People who are obese are slightly (about 30%) more likely to develop colorectal cancer than normal-weight people.A higher BMI is associated with increased risks of colon and rectal cancers in both men and in women, but the increases are higher in men than in women.
  • Gallbladder cancer: Compared with normal-weight people, people who are overweight have a slight (about 20%) increase in risk of gallbladder cancer, and people who are obese have a 60% increase in risk of gallbladder cancer. The risk increase is greater in women than men.
  • Breast cancer: Many studies have shown that, in postmenopausal women, a higher BMI is associated with a modest increase in risk of breast cancer. For example, a 5-unit increase in BMI is associated with a 12% increase in risk. Among postmenopausal women, those who are obese have a 20% to 40% increase in risk of developing breast cancer compared with normal-weight women. The higher risks are seen mainly in women who have never used menopausal hormone therapy and for tumors that express hormone receptors. Obesity is also a risk factor for breast cancer in men.In premenopausal women, by contrast, overweight and obesity have been found to be associated with a 20% decreased risk of breast tumors that express hormone receptors.
  • Ovarian cancer: Higher BMI is associated with a slight increase in the risk of ovarian cancer, particularly in women who have never used menopausal hormone therapy. For example, a 5-unit increase in BMI is associated with a 10% increase in risk among women who have never used menopausal hormone therapy.
  • Thyroid cancer: Higher BMI (specifically, a 5-unit increase in BMI) is associated with a slight (10%) increase in the risk of thyroid cancer.
  • Do I have a health problem that is causing me to be overweight?

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W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & MedSpa

Some medical problems can contribute to weight gain such as insulin resistance, hypothyroidism, certain medications, especially psychiatric medications etc can increase your chances of being overweight o obese.

  • 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.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes means your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes usually occurs in people who already have some insulin resistance or whose beta cells in the pancreas aren’t making enough insulin to keep blood glucose in the normal range. Without enough insulin, extra glucose stays in your bloodstream rather than entering your cells. Over time, you could develop type 2 diabetes.

How common is prediabetes?

More than 84 million people ages 18 and older have prediabetes in the United States. That’s about 1 out of every 3 adults.

  • How can I find out if I am insulin resistant?

You can use the free insulin resistance calculator from W8MD – just answer a few simple questions and find out if you have insulin resistance.

  • How will losing weight help me?

Benefits of moderate weight loss in people with obesity
  • People with obesity who reduced their weight by 5% had improvements in metabolic function in many tissues, including fat, liver, and muscle.
  • Further weight loss of 10 to 15% resulted in some additional improvements.

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W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Team

  • What is a healthy weight for me?

A body mass index of between 18-24.99 is considered within normal limits. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. It’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity.

  • How much weight do I need to lose?

Check the BMI using the free BMI calculator and find out how much weight you might need to lose.

  • How long should it take me to lose weight?

An average weight loss of about 2-3 pounds per week is reasonable although even slower rate of weight loss of 1-2 lbs a week is still very reasonable.

  • What are healthy ways to lose weight and keep it off?

The healthiest way to lose weight is a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity.

  • How can I change my eating habits?

Work with a trained professional such as an obesity medicine physician or nutritionist to help you with this.

  • What kinds of physical activity do I need to do?

Recommend about 30-60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity although it depends on your physical condition. Talk to your doctor about this.

  • Are there any kinds of physical activity I need to avoid because of my health conditions?

It depends but try to do more cardio instead of weight lifting. Talk to your doctor about it.

  • How can W8MD’s insurance weight loss program help?

If you are overweight or obese, have tried many fad diets and need the help of a trained and experienced weight loss physician, you may want to consider W8MD – we specialize in physician supervised, non surgical weight loss with FDA approved treatments.

Experience the results.

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W8MD’s weight loss, sleep, aesthetic & IV nutrition programs

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.

Quick weight loss

  • Are you frustrated with being overweight or obese?
  • Have you tried and failed many fad diets that do not work in the past?
  • Do you need professional help to understand what is causing you to gain weight?
  • Did you know that your insurance might cover the weight loss doctor visits at W8MD?

What is a Quick Way To Lose Weight?

Overweight and obesity

Overweight and obesity

W8MD’s Quick Weight Loss – 4 Tips

As the United States and rest of the world deal with an epidemic of obesity, and diabetes, dubbed diabesity, more and more people are searching online for ways to lose weight quickly. One of the popular keywords on Google related to weight loss is quick weight loss.

Confusing choices

With over 20,000 diet books with more coming every day, it is not only confusing but also very frustrating. It is important to stick to evidence based measure as opposed to the next miracle diet called, let’s say “grass soup diet”.

Lifestyle change

Unfortunately, weight or obesity, is a chronic health condition that needs long term lifestyle changes, and therefore, quick fixes, are like putting a band aid. Having said that, here are some trips and steps you can take to lose weight.

W8MD’s 4 quick weight loss tips.

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W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa

Quick weight loss tip 1

Assess your risk – find out your body mass index by simple online tools such as the W8MD’s Body Mass Index Calculator

BMI categories

  • Underweight: BMI is less than 18.5.
  • Normal weight: BMI is 18.5 to 24.9.
  • Overweight: BMI is 25 to 29.9.
  • Obese: BMI is 30 or more.

If you determine you are overweight or obese, move to the next step.

Quick weight loss tip 2

Get a tape a measure your waist circumference so we can determine if you have central or upper body weight distribution.

Classification of Overweight and Obesity by BMI, Waist Circumference, and Associated Disease Risks

Disease Risk* Relative to Normal Weight and Waist Circumference
BMI
(kg/m2)
Obesity
Class
Men 102 cm (40 in) or less
Women 88 cm (35 in) or less
Men > 102 cm (40 in)
Women > 88 cm (35 in)
Underweight < 18.5
Normal 18.5–24.9
Overweight 25.0–29.9 Increased High
Obesity 30.0–34.9 I High Very High
35.0–39.9 II Very High Very High
Extreme Obesity 40.0 + III Extremely High Extremely High

 

* Disease risk for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and CVD.
+ Increased waist circumference also can be a marker for increased risk, even in persons of normal weight.

Quick weight loss tip 3

Find out what might be causing you to gain weight. In many people, as many as 71% of US adults, suffer from insulin resistance. 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.

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.

Quick weight loss tip 4

Find a weight loss program that can work with your insurance using evidence based measures to lose weight fast and effective such as W8MD’s insurance medical weight loss program.

How can W8MD help?

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & MedSpa Intro Video

W8MD’s weight loss, sleep, aesthetic & IV nutrition programs

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.

Cigna weight loss coverage

  • Are you tired of being overweight or obese and need to lose some weight?
  • Do you have CIGNA health insurance and wonder whether they will cover a weight loss doctor visits?
  • Do you know the 2010 Affordable Care Act mandates coverage for weight loss?

Does Cigna provide coverage for weight loss?

Since the Affordable Care Act of 2010 mandated coverage for screening for obesity for all adults for obesity and treatment for those that meet certain BMI criteria, CIGNA and most other insurances do cover weight loss screening and treatment via a physician. However, coverage for weight loss medications is limited or restricted by most Cigna plans.

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Are the W8MD weight loss programs in network with Cigna in greater Philadelphia, New Jersey or New York City?

Yes, most W8MD insurance weight loss programs accept and are in network with Cigna for weight loss physician visits.

Does Cigna insurance pay for weight loss doctor visits?

Yes, also for any tests and weight loss counseling is covered in general although deductibles and or copays might be apply.

What is a healthy weight for me?

A healthy weight is a weight that lowers your risk for health problems. For most people, body mass index (BMI) and waist size are good ways to tell if they are at a healthy weight.

Why pay attention to your weight?

Staying at a healthy weight can help prevent serious health problems, including:

  • Heart disease.
  • Stroke.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Certain cancers.
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Why most diets fail?

  • Most diets are fad diets and don’t work.
    • Diets are temporary. When you diet, you’re usually not eating the way you will need to eat over the long term. So when you quit dieting, the extra weight comes back. This is why you need the help of a doctor that is trained in obesity medicine to guide you with a lifestyle change and not another fad diet.
    • Dieting usually means not letting yourself have many of the foods you love to eat. So when you quit dieting, you return to eating those foods as much as you used to-or more. And the extra weight comes back.
    • Dieting often means eating so little food that you’re hungry all the time and don’t have enough energy. So when you quit dieting, you return to eating as much as you did before-or more. And the extra weight comes back.
    • Most diet programs don’t include an increase in activity, which is vital to staying at a healthy weight. So when you quit dieting, the weight comes back.
  • Fad diets can actually be bad for you.
    • After they quit dieting, most people regain the weight they lost-and many gain even more.
    • Many diets do not include the right balance of foods to keep you healthy.
    • Dieting leads to eating disorders in some people.
    • Some people feel so defeated after repeatedly failing to lose weight and keep it off that they give up altogether on healthy eating and being active.

Since fad diets don’t work, what can you do?

Consult with a weight loss doctor trained in obesity medicine that can use an evidence based program to not only help you to lose weight but also to maintain the weight once you reached your weight loss goals.

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Team

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Team

How can W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program can help?

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.

 

Aetna weight loss

Most insurances including Aetna provide coverage for screening, treatment for obesity as well as dietary or nutritional screening, counseling as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

Need to lose weight?

You’re not alone. You may be able to get free help through your health care plan* under the Affordable Care Act.

Most health insurance plans, including Aetna, and all plans purchased through the Marketplace, now include coverage for obesity screening and counseling.

Who is considered overweight or obese?

If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or higher, you are considered to be overweight. A BMI of 30 or more is obese.

Are there benefits to losing weight?

People who are obese are more likely to get serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Losing weight can lower your chances of getting any of those.

If your doctor finds that you fit the medical guidelines for obesity, you may get counseling sessions on diet and weight reduction. This may include one-on-one meetings, or you may get weight loss advice and support in a group.

The counseling sessions can help you change any unhealthy eating and exercise habits. That, in turn, can help you lose weight and lower the chance of health problems.

Overweight and obesity

Overweight and obesity

Is obesity covered by Aetna insurance?

Yes. The Affordable Care Act mandates screening for all adults irrespective of their weight be covered as well as treatment for those that are considered obese with a BMI of 30 or over, or those that are overweight with a BMI of 27 or higher with at least one obesity related comorbidity.

Is W8MD weight loss program covered by Aetna insurance?

Yes, we are in network with most Aetna plans in our greater Philadelphia, New York City, New Jersey and other areas.

What weight loss medications are covered by insurance?

Most plans exclude weight loss medication coverage as it depends on the employer.

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Team

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Team

Does Aetna cover obesity treatment at W8MD?

Medically supervised weight loss programs are covered by Aetna insurance

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Does Aetna cover weight loss?

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.