Obesity Specialist

Rajan Chahal, MD

Bariatric Surgeon located in Newton, MA

Obesity continues to be a serious personal and public health issue in America. It is not a lifestyle choice but rather a disease and needs to be viewed in that regard. Patients don’t choose obesity but they do choose whether to treat it. Diet and exercise alone have extremely poor long-term results in a patient with a BMI greater than 30 with only a 1% long-term success rate. The health risks associated with obesity led Rajan Chahal, MD, to choose bariatric surgery as his medical specialty, allowing him to assist men and women in and around Newton, Massachusetts and New England with their weight loss goals. A substantial body of research points to excess weight as a leading cause of numerous serious health issues, including early death. Make today the day you put your health at the top of your to-do list and call the office to reserve your spot at a new patient seminar.

Obesity Q & A

What are the risks associated with obesity?

According to information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than one of every three American adults are considered obese. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) in excess of 30.

Carrying extra weight places an enormous toll on many of your body’s systems and organs. Obese adults are at elevated risk for health issues including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain cancers
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hypertension
  • Asthma

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Obesity affects virtually every aspect of your health and wellness.

How does obesity impact wellness?

Wellness can be a difficult term to define, but the general meaning is a quality of existing in a balanced, healthy state of body and mind. It’s living in a way that is supportive of your physical, emotional, spiritual, and interpersonal needs.

Obesity threatens wellness because it strips away much of your energy and vitality. Your body becomes so taxed with trying to perform normal bodily functions that there’s little energy left over to focus on enhancing the quality of your daily life.

Many men and women also find that obesity leads to depression, anxiety, and even a degree of social isolation. When your body won’t allow you to keep up with the same daily pace as your closest friends and family members, it’s easy to feel left out of some of the most rewarding aspects of life.

What causes obesity?

There are many causal factors that contribute to the troubling national statistics on obesity. While it may be impossible to pinpoint the exact cause of your weight issues, understanding the wide range of influences can help you make healthier choices.

Some of the factors that contribute to obesity include:

  • Genetic predisposition to weight gain
  • Availability of engineered junk food
  • Insulin resistance
  • Added sugar throughout food supply
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Certain medications and health conditions
  • Food addiction

As you can see, some of these causes are within your control, while others aren’t. If you’ve tried numerous weight loss efforts and not achieved the desired results, bariatric surgery could be a great fit for you. Attend a new patient seminar to learn more. Call the office today for information.