If you struggle with your weight, know that you're not alone. At the Webster Clinic of Webster, TX, Dr. Janis Fowler-Gulde offers specialized and individualized weight management and lifestyle counseling to help you be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself that you can be.
Around two-thirds of the adult US population is either overweight or obese. Overweight is defined clinically as having a body mass index (BMI, or the standard measure of body fat compared to your weight and height) of between 25 to 29.9. Obese is defined as having a BMI of 30 or higher.
The old model of overweight and obesity says that people gain excess body fat because they eat too much and exercise too little. Research now shows that this is far too simplistic of a theory. In fact, one of the biggest risk factors for gaining excess body fat is the consumption of sugar and other highly processed carbohydrates, including bread, pasta, and corn. When refined carbohydrates are consumed, your body is triggered to store body fat rather than use it for fuel. Refined carbohydrates also promote inflammation in the body, which can cause or worsen many obesity-related health problems.
You need a healthy amount of body fat to function properly, but too much can be damaging and stressful to your system. Having excess body fat has been strongly linked with a variety of other health problems, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, coronary artery disease, cancer, arthritis, sleep apnea, stroke, higher levels of "bad" cholesterol and lower levels of "good" cholesterol, reproductive problems, gallstones, and poor mental health.
At the Webster Clinic, Dr. Janis Fowler-Gulde offers honest, actionable, and effective weight management strategies to help people lose excess body fat. Whether you have 15 or 50+ pounds to lose, we can help. Dr. Fowler-Gulde's weight management services focus on quality nutrition, appropriate physical exercise, disease management, and better self-image to empower all her patients to achieve their weight loss goals.
Webster Clinic works with most major insurances. If you have any questions, please call our office and one of our knowledgeable staff members would be happy to help.