Weight Loss Management

Weight Loss & Obesity Medicine

Obesity medicine is much more than a weight loss program, it is a weight management program.  Obesity Medicine aims to understand the root causes of excessive weight gain, including genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors, and to develop individualized treatment plans. 

These plans may involve lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, physical activity, behavioral therapy, pharmacotherapy, and in some cases, surgical interventions. The goal of obesity medicine is not only weight reduction but also the improvement of overall health and the prevention of obesity-related complications such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. 

By adopting a holistic and patient-centered approach, obesity medicine practitioners strive to empower individuals to achieve sustainable health improvements, enhancing both their quality of life and long-term well-being.”

Dr. Lee Schnee now specializes in obesity medicine and offers weight management services at Holton Family Medicine.

An initial visit consists of:

  • Discussion of health and weight goals
  • Review of prior weight loss attempts
  • Assessment for co-morbid conditions and examine how they can be improved through weight loss.   This includes: Metabolic syndrome, prediabetes, diabetes ,risk for complications from fatty liver disease, obstructive sleep apnea, heart disease, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, eating disorders
  • Offer body composition analysis through DEXA Scan

Body Mass Index (BMI)

Overweight or obesity refers to a weight that exceeds the healthy standard for a given height. The Body Mass Index (BMI) serves as a tool to screen for these conditions.

BMI for Adults:
BMI is calculated by dividing an individual’s weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared. A higher BMI can suggest increased body fat.

To determine your BMI, you can use the Adult BMI Calculator or refer to the BMI Index Chart, where you match your height and weight.

  • A BMI under 18.5 indicates an underweight status.
  • A BMI from 18.5 to less than 25 is considered a healthy weight.
  • A BMI from 25 to less than 30 is classified as overweight.
  • A BMI of 30 or above is categorized as obesity.

BMI can be misleading if a person has a high percentage of  muscle mass or bone density.  Dr. Schnee recommends a more thorough body composition analysis using the DEXA scan.

DEXA Scan

A DEXA scan, short for Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, is a non-invasive method for assessing body composition. This scan delivers a comprehensive analysis of different components such as fat tissue, lean mass, and bone density. Additionally, DEXA scans are useful in evaluating muscle mass and gauging levels of physical fitness.
 
 

The Four Pillars of Weight Management

  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Behavioral modification
  • Medication and surgery

Dr. Schnee uses the pillars to create an individualized weight loss plan, determine need to further referrals, (psychotherapy, physical therapy, dietician or other) and develop a follow-up appointment schedule.

“My goals in starting this program are twofold.  First, I want to help improve the health of people in Jackson County and the surrounding communities through achievement and maintenance of a healthy weight.  Also, I want to increase education regarding nutrition, exercise, weight loss medications, weight loss surgery, and weight bias/stigma.
 
Obesity is the number one health risk factor of our time.  Tackling the problem of excess weight is complex and takes much more than someone being told to ‘eat less, move more.’  That’s why I want to be able to take the time to address the reasons why someone struggles with weight and be able to tailor recommendations in a way that works for their life.”
 
                         Dr. Lee Schnee

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Please contact Holton Family Medicine at (785) 364-2126 to schedule your weight loss management appointment.

Dr. Lee Schnee
Holton Family Clinic

Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) Scanner at HCH

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