Obesity rates have more than doubled in adults and children with an estimated 64% of women being classified as overweight or obese (NIH, 2009). Obesity is measured by the body mass index (BMI) which takes into account one’s height in relation to their weight. A BMI greater than 30 is considered to be overweight.
Being overweight can increase your risk for developing many diseases including but not limited to the following: coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, joint disease, gynecological problems such as infertility and more. Weight loss can be the cure for many of those diseases, so it is important to take control of your health and seek help and treatment when it is necessary.
Many diet programs advertised online, in magazines or on television are available at your fingertips, but do they really work and if they do, how long can you keep that weight off?
The weight management program at Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center is designed to help educate you on the right way to lose weight for the long-term. Whether or not you have a chronic disease or could just stand to lose a couple pounds, our program is available to individually tailor your needs to meet realistic weight loss goals.
The program consists of 6 months of nutrition counseling with Angela, one of our Registered Dietitians, who will do a formal assessment that includes an analysis of your current diet, nutrition education, and meal planning advice. The program also includes 2 comprehensive follow up appointments with Catherine, one of our Nurse Practitioners, who will monitor your weight, blood pressure, and any laboratory work as needed, in order to help you see the progress in your overall health as you lose weight.
Unlike fad diets that can be restrictive and difficult to maintain, RWWC’s weight management program will focus on three essential components: healthy eating, lifestyle modifications, as well as ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine that will help you lose weight and keep it off.
If you are interested in losing weight, have chronic conditions like PCOS, diabetes, or high blood pressure, or have a BMI over 30, please contact the front desk or your provider to see if this program is right for you.