Understanding Your Options If You Have a BMI of 40 or Higher

Understanding Your Options If You Have a BMI of 40 or Higher

Carrying excess weight is always a health risk. However, it becomes even more dangerous as those extra pounds add up. Unfortunately, those extra pounds can also make it even more difficult to reach and maintain a healthy weight. 

But the right expert can help you understand the best solutions to reach your weight loss goals, especially if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher.

Dr. Chad Carlton started LoneStar Bariatrics in Texas to help people reach optimal health by shedding excess weight once and for all. He understands the complex nature of obesity and why weight loss can be so challenging.

If you have a BMI of 40 or higher, here’s how Dr. Carlton can help.

Understanding class III obesity

Losing a few pounds is hard, but losing 100 or more is even harder — which is typically the case with class III obesity, a chronic disease affecting at least 9% of American adults.

Class III obesity describes having a BMI of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 or more with obesity-related health conditions. Anyone can have class III obesity, regardless of gender, race, or age, including children. 

The challenge with class III obesity is that several factors contribute to this condition. The overarching cause involves an imbalance in the energy or calories you consume compared to how much your body uses. This energy helps your body function and perform, but it also stores extra energy to use later as fat, which causes weight gain. However, this is where most approaches to weight loss go wrong, especially for individuals with class III obesity. 

People often assume the main cause of being overweight or obese lies with the food we eat and how much we exercise, but it’s actually far more complicated than that. Everyone’s body uses energy differently, so some people are naturally at greater risk of weight gain than others. 

Additional factors that contribute to obesity include:

This also means that in the case of class III obesity, a lack of willpower or self-control is rarely to blame for weight gain.

Finding weight loss solutions for class III obesity

Because of the complex nature of class III obesity, it’s essential to work with an experienced weight loss expert to understand the most effective options. That’s because it’s likely impossible for you to see results through diet and exercise alone.

Instead, Dr. Carlton and his team take a multi-prong approach, including taking the time to ensure you completely understand the options available to help you reach a healthy weight safely.

If you have class III obesity, Dr. Carlton usually recommends a combination of strategies, including:

And, depending on your weight loss history, Dr. Carlton could also suggest bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery for class III obesity

Weight-loss surgeries change the shape and function of your digestive system, which makes them a valuable tool for treating class III obesity. The most common procedures include:

Of these procedures, DS offers the greatest weight loss results. However, it’s more complex than other bariatric procedures. It also requires lifelong vitamin supplementation and a protein dense-diet because it significantly changes how your body digests and absorbs vitamins and nutrients.

Whether you opt for bariatric surgery to reach your weight loss goals or use nonsurgical approaches, Dr. Carlton can help you learn and adopt the lifestyle changes needed to maintain your results.

Are you ready to learn more about your weight loss options? Contact LoneStar Bariatrics to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carlton by calling or booking a visit online today.

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