Obesity affects over 42% of adults in the United States and a large percentage of children and teenagers. If you struggle with losing weight and would like assistance, rely on Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center in Newark, New Jersey. Practitioners Virginia Atieh, FNP, Selande Charles, FNP, and their team offer medical weight loss to treat obesity and give you a better quality of life. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.

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What is obesity?

Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Your provider can calculate your BMI using your weight and height. 

Obesity can drain your energy and put you at risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Treatment at the Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center can help you reach your goal weight.

What are the risk factors for obesity?

Obesity can happen to anyone, but some factors boost your risk of becoming overweight. Examples include genetics, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, stress, and sleep insufficiency. Hormone imbalance can also play a role in weight gain.

What are the benefits of medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss includes medical evaluation, monitoring, and treatment as needed to help you lose weight. Some of the many benefits associated with medical weight loss at Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center include:

  • Effective weight loss
  • Medical supervision
  • More energy
  • Better disease management
  • Lower risk of disease
  • Improved self-confidence

Your weight loss specialist may recommend you take medications, try dietary supplements, or receive injections to reduce your appetite and give your metabolism a boost. They personalize each diet and exercise plan to match your needs and lifestyle.

What should I expect during weight loss visits?

During your first weight loss appointment at Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center, your provider checks your body weight and assesses your pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs. They review your lifestyle, current eating patterns, and medical history.

Your weight loss specialist may recommend undergoing blood tests, heart function tests, or other diagnostics that detect or rule out hormone problems, nutrient deficiencies, high cholesterol, or other chronic conditions.

They personalized each weight loss and diet plan just for you and may prescribe medications as needed to enhance weight loss or help you better manage a chronic disease.

How much weight can I lose?

With medical weight loss at Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center, you might lose up to five pounds per week initially, but dropping 1-2 pounds per week is typical. You can follow up with your weight loss specialist weekly, monthly, or as needed to enhance your results.

Don’t let obesity take over your life when simple weight loss solutions are within reach. Call the Hope & Esperanza Community Health Center office or schedule an appointment online to get started on your weight loss journey today.