Understanding Chronic Obesity

Maybe you’ve been trying to lose weight for years. Your best attempts at sticking to diets and hitting the gym don't bring the weight loss results you want, or perhaps your weight loss doesn't last for the long term. Why haven't you been able to overcome your obesity? Chronic weight issues may need a different approach.

Our experts at Florida Compassionate Care Centers, led by Gail van Diepen, DO, can help you understand the science behind chronic obesity. With scientific expertise applied by medical professionals and tailored to your unique health care needs, you may be able to meet those elusive weight loss goals and keep the weight off long-term.

Chronic obesity can be overcome with the right approach. You may be surprised to learn that medical marijuana may actually be able to help with your chronic obesity issues! Here's what Dr. van Diepen wants her patients to know about chronic obesity, and how medical marijuana can help.

Obesity and your health

The amount of obese people in the United States of America keeps rising. Being obese or overweight can have serious consequences for your health and wellness, in addition to limiting your activities and causing personal distress.

Obesity increases your risks of serious health conditions including heart disease and diabetes. Your health will benefit if you can conquer your chronic obesity.

What is chronic obesity?

Chronic obesity is actually a disease, and it helps to understand it as a medical problem rather than a personal or moral failing. Like any other medical condition, chronic obesity requires working in partnership with a medical professional like our team at Florida Compassionate Care Centers to see improvement.

Did you know that the food you eat isn't the only thing that can lead to weight gain? If you have chronic obesity, you might be dealing with environmental and genetic factors, as well. It's not that your willpower is lacking, the problem may be that you don't understand the best way for you to lose weight.

Factors that can contribute to chronic obesity include:

Some foods, like processed meats, high fructose corn syrup, and fat, can alter your metabolism, making it more difficult for you to lose weight. Additionally, some medications can cause weight gain as a side effect, causing you to develop chronic obesity.

Professional support options

You don't have to carry the weight of your chronic obesity alone. Dr. van Diepen and our care team can help you understand the unique combination of factors involved in your body composition, and how to work with your body for sustainable weight loss. When you work with Dr. van Diepen and our team, you can break the cycle of chronic obesity for good. 

How medical marijuana can help

In addition to professional supervision, we use medical marijuana to support you. There are cannabinoids present in marijuana that can help suppress your appetite, specifically THCv. Patients use THCv for a variety of reasons, from anticonvulsant, neuroprotectant and appetite suppressant. Using THCV is a great option whether you are trying to lose weight or counteract the hunger inducing effects of THC while medicating with medical marijuana. 

Studies show encouraging results for medical marijuana as a treatment to lower body fat percentage, insulin resistance, and overall body mass index (BMI). Medical marijuana can improve your metabolism, making weight loss a real possibility.

Reclaiming your health and wellness can improve your personal and social health and wellness. To get started, contact Florida Compassionate Care Centers, located in Ormond Beach, Florida, today. You can book your initial consultation appointment with our team by giving us a call, or by using the online tool.

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