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Health Matters: Obesity

Health Matters: Dr. Aman

Health Matters discusses weight loss with Dr. Mustafa Aman, a bariatric surgeon at the Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  

What is obesity?

“Obesity is one of the most common chronic health conditions that we struggle within the United States and, really, around the world,” said Dr. Aman. 

He went on to say that an obese person has an excess of body fat as compared to their height and weight.  Obesity is commonly defined by a metric called the body mass index, or BMI.  

A BMI is a rough measure of how much excess weight a person carries.  The formula to calculate this number is by taking a person’s weight in kilograms and dividing it by their height in meters.  The BMI can give doctors an idea as to whether a person is obese; anyone with a BMI over 30 would qualify as obese.

“Obesity is associated with many long-term health conditions,” said Dr. Aman.  

This includes increased risk of heart disease, Type II diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and numerous other health conditions.

“Unfortunately, one of the challenges of obesity is that it really affects every major organ system in the body,” said Dr. Aman.  

Dr. Aman said if you’re struggling with your weight, there are a number of different options the Guthrie Weight Loss Center can offer to help.

“We focus on starting with lifestyle modification,” said Dr. Aman.  “This would include eating healthier, so working with our dietician and our bariatrician, would be able to support you, in terms of eating more lean sources of protein, decreasing carbohydrate intake, and really making tailored dietary recommendations, specific to your medical conditions.”

Under certain circumstances, Guthrie could offer medications for weight loss support, under monitored conditions for a short period of time.

They also have more invasive surgical options, performed laparoscopically and generally most patients stay for two nights in the hospital after these procedures.  

Staff would go over risks and benefits of the different surgical options with potential patients which could enable the patient to lose a significant amount of weight, but also improve the patient’s overall health.

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