Steps to Weight Loss

Obesity Defined:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines obesity as having an abnormally high proportion of body fat. BMI (Body Mass Index) is the most common method used to classify obesity. BMI is a calculation of weight adjusted for the height of an individual. A BMI of 30 kg/m² or greater indicates obesity. Clinically severe or morbid obesity is indicated with a BMI of 40 kg/m2 or with being 100 pounds overweight. Obesity is correlated with an increased risk of many health conditions.

Conditions related to Obesity: (Comorbidities)

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnea & breathing problems
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (hiatal hernia and heartburn)
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Menstrual irregularities, including polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Hirsutism (presence of excess body and facial hair)
  • Infertility
  • Urinary stress incontinence
  • Osteoarthritis
  • High blood cholesterol and/or triglycerides
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Some forms of cancer (breast, colorectal, endometrial, and kidney)

Safe weight loss requires a strong commitment from the patient and the team of medical experts providing care. Education, one-on-one counseling, complete medical exams and testing, and continued support are our top priorities because these interactions help our patients understand the requirements, responsibilities, and benefits of our weight loss program.

Cayuga Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery works in conjunction with the Cayuga Center for Healthy Living to ensure safe, comprehensive continuum of care. This comprehensive approach and ongoing commitment is what sets our bariatric program distinctly apart from other such programs.

Cayuga Center for Healthy Living (CCHL)

The experienced team of lifestyle management professionals at Cayuga Center for Healthy Living helps you improve your health through successful, meaningful changes. At Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, the goal is to help you cope better with your health problems, and avoid more health problems, by learning how to live better in your environment. CCHL helps people improve their health by addressing four key risk factors: stress, nutrition, exercise, and smoking.

About Cayuga Medical Center

We are a not-for-profit, acute-care medical center bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to the residents of Tompkins, Cortland, Seneca, and Tioga counties. And a century after our founding, we remain intrinsically tied to those we serve: our corporate membership includes representatives from over 100 community organizations. At Cayuga Medical Center, we believe that hospitals are shaped by the people they serve


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