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Are you in greater Philadelphia trying to lose weight?

You are not alone. According to the statistics from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Philadelphia has the second-highest rate of obesity among the 10 counties containing the nation’s largest cities, according to a 2009 report. More than 68 percent of adults and 41 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 17 are overweight or obese.

In this article, we will review causes of obesity in Philadelphia, and how to lose weight safely in greater Philadelphia for both adults, and children.

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Medical aesthetics

8 things that can cause weight gain in greater Philadelphia

While many factors make people gain weight, some are more commonly seen and more important than others.

Here are 8 causes of weight gain for people in and around Philadelphia which also apply to people in other parts of the US and world to large degree.

  • Number one cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

Failed Food Pyramid

Although we traditionally were told eating more calories than burning is the cause of weight gain, this idea or concept of energy balance is purely mathematical and helped none to solve the obesity epidemic. Did we miss something as to what truly causes weight gain, eating habits, and hunger? Was this whole idea of eat less, exercise more an oversimplification that leads to the attitude of blaming the victim? Before we look at the what causes the weight gain, let us review what the US Government did in terms of healthy food recommendations in the form of the now failed and withdrawn food pyramid. Did the failed food pyramid contribute to the obesity epidemic?

  • Number two cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

Metabolic Factors

Metabolic factors such as insulin resistance. 

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. Find out if you could be insulin resistant using this free online tool from W8MD.


  • Number three cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

Food and Activity

People gain weight when they eat more calories than they burn through activity. This imbalance is the greatest contributor to weight gain.

  • Number four cause of weight gain in Philadelphia


The world around us influences our ability to maintain a healthy weight. For example:

  • Not having area parks, sidewalks, and affordable gyms makes it hard for people to be physically active.
  • Oversized food portions increase Americans’ calorie intake, making even more physical activity necessary to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Some people don’t have access to supermarkets that sell affordable healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Food advertising encourages people to buy unhealthy foods, such as high-fat snacks and sugary drinks.
  • Number five cause of weight gain in Philadelphia


Research shows that genetics plays a role in obesity. Genes can directly cause obesity in such disorders as Prader-Willi syndrome.

Genes also may contribute to a person’s susceptibility to weight gain. Scientists believe that genes may increase a person’s likelihood of becoming obese but that outside factors, such as an abundant food supply or little physical activity, also may be required for a person to put on excess weight.

  • Number six cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

Health Conditions

Some hormone problems may cause overweight and obesity, such as under-active thyroid, Cushing syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

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Success stories

  • Number seven cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

Stress, Emotional Factors

Some people eat more than usual when they are bored, angry, upset, or stressed.

Studies also have found that the less people sleep, the more likely they are to be overweight or obese.

  • Number eight cause of weight gain in Philadelphia


Certain medicines also may cause weight gain, including some corticosteroids, antidepressants, and seizure medicines.

Now that we reviewed what causes weight gain, what is it that we can do to help lose weight in greater Philadelphia? Here are some tips.

8 things you can do to lose weight in Philadelphia

Follow recommendations for nutrition and physical activity, including:

 Avoid sweetened drinks including sodas, sweetened teas, sports drinks, and fruit drinks. Drink tap water or seltzer with an ounce of juice instead.

 Limit sugar to 25 grams per day for women and 50 grams for men. Read labels, because sugar is in many products.

 Limit screen time to no more than 2 hours daily.

 Engage in physical activity for 60 minutes per day and reduce sedentary time. Make the activity something you enjoy. Do it every day for at least a few minutes even if you can’t fit in your full hour.

 Fill half of your plate with fruits and/or vegetables. This will help you limit portion sizes of other, more calorie-dense foods.

 Include healthy fats in your diet, such as fish (tuna or salmon), olive oil, or a few unsalted nuts.

 Prepare food at home instead of eating processed, take-out or restaurant food.

 Get professional help when you really need to lose weight and have tried many fad diets in the past.

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.

Also see list of insurances we accept at W8MD greater Philadelphia locations in NE Philadelphia and King Of Prussia, PA

What users say about our W8MD’s Philadelphia Medical Weight Loss Program?


Learn more about W8MD’s Philadelphia Medical Weight Loss Program.

W8MD Weight loss program reviews

I started 7 months ago and have lost 60 lbs. It may sound slow, but it worked for me, and I lost inches. We all have been on diets that you start off great and then fall off. This is the first diet that I have had success on. Dr. Tumpati and his staff is great. If you have any concerns about anything he always guides you through it. I also like that he is a Dr. so if your on any prescriptions he can monitor you as you go along.
I have more energy and feel great. I am very happy that I started with this program. – Rachel on Google Reviews

Dr. Tumpati and his staff are absolutely amazing, kind and caring. He can work with anybody from kids to the elderly. He individualizes the program to suit your needs and will get you the results you always wanted. You will be extremely happy that you came. He is the King of Weight Loss! Ann Marie G.

King of Prussia W8MD weight loss center reviews 

I have been following the W8MD plan since March of 2014. I switched doctors to Dr Tumpati in May of 2014. To date I have 40 lbs off and have kept it off since September of this year. It is the easiest plan I have ever been on. I have tried NutrySystem, Jenny Craig and am a lifetime member of Weight watchers. I have never been successful in losing this much weight let alone keeping it off for any significant time.

Prab R Tumpati, MD

Prab R Tumpati, MD

Dr Tumpati and his staff are wonderful. He takes his time with you and makes sure you are medically stable and healthy enough to begin the program. I have Crohn’s disease and have had 2 bowel surgeries and have spent 15 years in and out of the hospital on numerous meds and dealing with horrendous pain and side effects. Since starting this plan, there is NO trace of Crohn’s disease in my body and I am pain free… including my chronic hip and knee pain. I slept better, my mood is better and overall feel the best I have felt in years!

Do yourself a favor and call them to make an appointment and feel better fast!

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Fast weight loss tips

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If you’re overweight, or obese, and considering a safe and effective weight loss program, here are some free weight loss tips to consider.

Weight loss step 1.

1. Know that under the new health care law of 2010, popularly known as Obamacare, insurance coverage for weight loss is mandated even if you have private insurance.

2. You want to identify your baseline using various weight loss tools such as BMI calculator to know where you stand.

3. Identify the true causes of your weight gain including any metabolic causes for your weight gain.

4. Understand the 5 proven measures to lose weight fast and safe.

5. Find a weight loss program that is right for you based on your location, insurance and other issues.

6. Understand the role of Very Low Calorie Diet or VLCD in helping you lose weight fast and safe

7. Understand the role of exercises for losing weight which only works in combination with a VLCD or LCD diet as exercise on its own, without a restrictive diet is not very useful for losing weight.

8. Understand the role of weight loss medications or appetite suppressants including Qsymia which is a combination of Phentermine and Topiramate, Belviq, Bontril, Adipex and other proven weight loss medications under medical supervision.

9. Understand that weight loss needs a partnership with a weight loss physician for effective and sustainable weight loss.

10. Read inspirational weight loss success stories and do not give up. Stop blaming the victim or yourself for your weight gain. In most situations, there is a metabolic or other reason for your weight gain other than simply eating more as most people are not on a mission to gain weight.

Making realistic changes for long term weight loss success takes time, and partnership with a weight loss physician. If you live in an area where there is a W8MD medical weight loss program available or you would like to consult via technology using telemedicine with of the W8MD weight loss physicians, you may want to call 1-800-W8MD-007 or visit http://www.w8md.com.

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Tired of being overweight?

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

W8MD’s insurance covered physician weight loss 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.

W8MD Weight loss centers that accept insurance for visits

Philadelphia Weight Loss

1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115 Ph: 1-215-676-2334 

King Of Prussia Weight Loss

: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087 Ph: 215-676-2334 

New York City Weight Loss

2632 E 21st St Brooklyn New York 11235

Ph: 1-718-946-5500. 

W8MD weight loss New Jersey

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medical aesthetics

140 E Evesham Rd Cherry Hill New Jersey 08003


Philadelphia Weight Loss

W8MD’s Philadelphia Weight Loss Center

Like most people in America, people in Philadelphia are searching for fast and inexpensive ways to lose weight fast, and safe! As one of the nations major metropolitan cities, the greater Philadelphia region with the surrounding suburban areas and counties including Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties in Philadelphia, and Burlington, Gloucester and Camden counties in NJ are home to a large proportion of people who are overweight or obese that are trying to lose weight.

Stop blaming the victim for obesity

Stop blaming the victim for obesity

Here are some of the things to consider before choosing the best weight loss program in Philadelphia that works and is right for you.

Philadelphia weight loss step 1.

Like any thing you do in life, start with understanding where you are starting instead of your actual weight relative to your height. The simplest and easiest way to understand your risk of being overweight or obese in greater Philadelphia area is to find your Body Mass Index popularly know as BMI.

BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters and serves as a rough measure of a person’s body fatness without actually measuring percentage body fat. Although it has its limitations, it serves as a rough guide to give you a quick and easy idea of where your weight is relative to your height.

  • What are the various BMI categories?

Weight Status and BMI categories

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Weight loss success stories

  1. BMI of less than 18.5 is considered underweight
  2. BMI of 18.5 – 24.9 is considered normal or healthy weight
  3. BMI of 25.0 – 29.9 is considered verweight
  4. BMI of 30.0 or more is considered obese
  5. BMI of 30-34.99 is considered grade 1 or mild obesity
  6. BMI Of 35-39.99 is considered grade 2 or moderate obesity
  7. BMI of >40 is considered morbid obesity.
  • What should my ideal BMI should be?

Your ideal BMI should be between 18-25 although for some individuals, a BMI of up to 27 is considered acceptable.

  • If I am overweight or obese in Philly, what do I do next?

If you are either overweight or obese, you may want to consider losing weight for better health and reduced health risks.

Philadelphia weight loss step 2

Once you know your BMI, and decide you want to shed some pounds, you may want to understand your body weight distribution. It is a well known and accepted fact that distribution of the body weight does play significant role in determining your health risk. For example, if your weight is distributed more in the tummy area of the body or you have excess belly fat, your risk of health problems related to obesity are usually much higher (apple shaped body) versus somebody with a weight distribution in the hips and lower portion of the body (pear shaped body).

How can I tell if I have excess belly fat – is a there a simple way to know what is considered excess?

Yes, all you need is a simple measuring tape. Using any measuring tape that can measure inches, measure the most prominent part of your belly and see what your waist circumference is. For men, the upper limit for healthy waist circumference is 40 inches in the most prominent part. For women, the ideal waist circumference is 35 inches or lower. These are about 5 points lower in Asian men and women respectively.

Philadelphia weight loss step 3.

If you decide you are overweight or obese, and do need to lose some pounds in greater Philadelphia, the next step is to find a weight loss program that accepts your health insurance or if you do not have health insurance, offers a reasonable and inexpensive weight loss program.

Philadelphia weight loss step 4.

Check to see if the unique W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program is right for you.

Philadelphia weight loss step 5.

Consult with a trained and experienced weight loss doctor that will partner with you without judging you for being overweight or obese.

Philadelphia weight loss step 6.

Check our the inspiring weight loss success stories of people losing weight in greater Philadelphia.

W8MD weight loss team

W8MD weight loss team

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