Moderately Overweight; Not A Big Deal?Posted on June 5, 2017
How much weight is too much weight? This question continues to be a controversial one. According to recent online Los Angeles Times article the common medical overview is that caring extra pounds will increase the risk for diseases including heart disease and diabetes thus increasing the risk of premature death. The question becomes does the reality of premature death apply to those were just considered overweight? A new in-depth look at close to 3 million people suggests that being overweight may not have the same implications as being obese. The results were published online in the Journal of American Association that collected data from 97 studies that included adult men and women in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, India and Mexico. A total of 270,000 people had died of various causes during the studies. When the scientist reviewed the numbers they discovered as they had expected that those people who were significantly obese with a BMI of 35 or more live a shorter life than those who were of a normal weight which was defined as a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. However, side is also discovered that people who were considered to be overweight with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 died at slightly lower rates – not higher – than those who were considered to be normal weight. They also discovered that those who were consider mildly obese with a BMI of 3234.9 died in no greater numbers than those who were of normal weight. Lead author found no apparent reason for the survival edge of those who were considered to be overweight. There were no recommendations made for medical doctors in light of the study. The goal is to encourage patients to commit to following good health practices regardless of their weight. Dr. Kim warns patients that a few extra pounds can quickly turn to obesity if ignored. This is particularly the case with women who have gone through a pregnancy. It is not uncommon for women to add extra pounds after a pregnancy. If this weight is not lost and the woman has another child it is likely that the pounds will remain as she adds more pounds with the next pregnancy. Women who are postpartum and unhappy with the contour of their body and slightly increased weight gain consult with Dr. Kim when considering what is currently known as the “mommy makeover”. This procedure combines breast augmentation with abdominoplasty and or liposuction. It provides a solution for deflated breast which have lost volume, as well as loose and lax skin on the abdomen that is unsightly and detrimental to a womans figure. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and in most cases patients are able to return to normal activities within 10 to 14 days. Patients were considering the “mommy makeover”are encouraged to contact Dr. Kim and schedule a consultation.