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Weight Loss

Dr Hilary Jones discusses weight loss and the treatments available at HealthExpress

Obesity figures in the UK have trebled since 1980 with a survey conducted in 2012 indicating that more than a quarter of all adults (26%) are now obese. Being overweight or obese has been proven to trigger long-term health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes as well as increasing psychological issues like stress and anxiety. If your BMI is over 30 – or 27 with underlining health problems - and you have struggled to lose weight through exercising and a healthy diet alone, treatments such as Xenical have been clinically proven to help you to lose weight effectively.

HealthExpress offer a quick, confidential service tailored for your lifestyle; just complete our free no obligation consultation that will be sent to our registered doctors. Your prescription will then be sent directly to our UK-based pharmacy. All deliveries are free and available the next day, or same day for London postcodes.

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What is classed as obesity?

Obesity cannot be categorised by sight alone, although that is often a good indicator. The fact of the matter is you can be overweight and still lead a healthy lifestyle. To categorise obesity, professionals take your weight in comparison to your height. Those obese or seriously overweight are advised and aided so they avoid further health issues.

Obesity is a gradual process that you may often be aware of in terms of your clothes getting tighter and fitness levels deteriorating, but it can still feel like you have a lack of control. Obesity severely affects your self-confidence as well as posing serious risks to your health - often a vicious circle with a lack of self-esteem leading to binge eating and additional weight gain - you can get help from medical professionals and medication.

How do I know if I am obese or overweight?

Your weight is classed by your BMI score, which should be between 18.5 and 24.9, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). If it is over 25, the individual is classed as overweight OR obese:

BMI Men & Women

BMI table with gender differentiation

Category Man Woman
Underweight < 20 < 19
Normal weight 20 - 24.9 19 - 23.9
Overweight 25 - 29.9 24 - 29.9
Obese class I 30 - 34.9 30 - 34.9
Obese class II 35 - 39.9 35 - 39.9
Obese class III >40 >40

Optimal BMI values for different age groups

Age Man Woman
19 - 24 18.5 - 24.9 17.5 - 23.9
25 - 34 19.5 - 25.9 18.5 - 24.9
35 - 44 20.5 - 26.9 19.5 - 25.9
45 - 54 21.5 - 27.9 20.5 - 26.9
55 - 64 22.5 - 28.9 21.5 - 27.9
over 64 23.5 - 29.9 22.5 - 28.9

A BMI over 30 is clinically classed as obese and individuals are liable for additional help in the form of weight loss medication to be taken in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle. If you are unsure, you can calculate using the calculator below before seeking further medical help.

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What is my body mass index?

Your body mass index is the primary indictor for medical professionals to check your weight in comparison to your height. Your GP can also calculate your body mass index accurately and swiftly. The algorithm determines whether you are within a healthy ratio. Whilst this is very important, other factors should be considered, and will be asked by your doctor or in any online consultation worth its salt.

What causes obesity?

There can be many causes for obesity that will vary from person to person dependant on lifestyle choices and possible hereditary links. It all comes down a healthy balance of calorie intake and energy eluded over a long period of time. The two most significant factors are poor eating habits – a diet consisting of low nutrients and high calorie intake – as well as a lack of exercise but there are other contributing influences too.

Obesity is a long-term - or chronic - condition, and any one or a number of these factors could be contributing:

Binge eating - overeating is one of the most common causes for obesity. Those that tend to binge eat frequently, and especially on a daily basis, do so with fatty, sugar foods that give the individual a sugary high, but then a sudden low that needs refilling with more of the same.
Food frequency - there has been much debate about how many times you eat a day being linked to obesity. Studies have show that eating smaller meals more frequently will reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, however there is no concrete proof your food frequency rate has a significant affect on your size.
Psychological factors - do you tend to eat when sad, angry or stressed? Just like smoking or alcohol, your relationship food can become an addiction often leading to obesity.
Lack of exercise - this can include the smaller aspects such as walking up the stairs instead of taking the escalator as well as more physical exercise such as heading to the gym or playing sports. The majority of us have jobs with minimal movement required meaning it can be difficult to find the time to exercise our calorie intake away.
Hereditary - it is not 100% proven that obesity runs through genetics or if it is just a lifestyle factor, but research has shown that children of obese parents tend to develop the same condition. This can be due to genetic deficiency such as a lack of the hormone leptin that controls your weight by telling you when you are full.
Social factors - in particular, if your parents or close family members are overweight or obese, the likelihood that you are is much higher. The influence of your peers filters through to many aspects of your life, including your dietary habits.
Medication - certain medications such as antidepressants can cause weight gain that, when teamed with other weight gain causes, can lead to obesity.
Hormones - an underactive thyroid and polycystic ovarian syndrome can both contribute to your weight gain.

Is obesity hereditary?

Obesity can often run in families suggesting a hereditary link, however a lack of physical exercise and lifestyle habits results in a similar attitude running through families, so there has been no concrete evidence to prove it is hereditary. If parents have poor dietary and exercise habits, this has been recorded to seep through the younger generations.

Why is losing weight important?

Other than a severe dip in your self-esteem, obesity can have a significant and serious effect on your health that shouldn't be left untreated:

How to lose weight?

The best way to lose weight is to follow a balanced nutritious diet and lifestyle with regular exercise and smaller portions. It is important to create a plan that thinks long-term rather than a quick fix that will never last.

Here are some additional exercise and diet tips:

  • Drink plenty of calorie free drinks - when your stomach starts grumbling, this could be a call for water, not food.
  • Snack wisely - swap the sugary chocolates, fatty crisps and other alternatives with tasty low calorie options that don't rely on carbs. Nut butters mixed with fruit or whole grain bread or raw carrots with houmous are delicious substitutes.
  • Pack up on protein and fibre - create a balanced diet plan full of recipes that aim for these two categories, as well as eating your five-a-day.
  • Balanced diet

  • Don't deny yourself the little pleasures - cutting out chocolate when you're the ultimate sweet tooth will have your sugar cravings hitting the roof. Allow yourself time to enjoy your vices within moderation.
  • Spring clean your cupboards - clear all fatty, sugary foods from your cupboard for a fresh start.
  • Pace yourself - there is no quick fix to losing weight. It takes time and determination. You will start to see the difference soon enough.
  • Adjust your portion sizes - get savvy and reduce your portion sizes to up to half your original diet. With the right exercise plan, you'll find your stomach will get used to less food resulting in you being fuller for longer.
  • Increase your physical exercise - the recommended amount of exercise for adults is 30 minutes every day to help speed up your metabolism and lose weight – adjust depending on your calorie intake.
  • Create a relatable exercise plan - the majority of us claim we don't like the gym or exercising, but there is bound to be a workout regime out there best suited to you. Grab your personal trainer to tailor fit a plan best suited to your needs and objectives.

What methods of weight loss treatment are available?

There are over-the-counter medicines and herbal remedies that can help with your weight loss. However, prescription medication has been proven to be most effective. When searching for weight loss online, it's important to remember that Xenical is the only prescription medication clinically proven to work. For extreme cases, you can consider surgery to restrict your intake of calories even further. The unsung heroes of weight loss include family and friends who rally around your cause, possibly losing weight themselves. Use all resources at your disposal to successfully lose weight.

Should I consider weight loss surgery?

Surgery is always an extreme measure when it comes to your body, however if your obesity is causing you health complications then it could be an option for you. For weight loss surgery, a gastric band can be fitted to restrict the amount of food you eat. Other common weight loss surgery includes gastric bypass, bilopancreatic diversion and sleeve gastrectomy that do exactly the same thing. Be prepared for a hefty bill though – private operations can cost as much as £20,000 – as well as a few risks and side effects to consider including scarring, bruising and swelling. This should be considered as your last port of call. For more information on surgery oprions for obesity, check out the NHS.

Can I buy prescription weight loss treatment online?

Yes, you can get prescription weight loss treatment online. The only prescription medication for treating obesity that has been clinically proven to work is Xenical, available at HealthExpress. Xenical is the most reliable obesity treatment for patients with a BMI over 27. To be supported with a healthy lifestyle, this oral medication works in the digestive system by blocking the absorption of fats in the body.

Dr Hilary Jones, HealthExpress Medical Advisor

How can I get help with my weight loss?

Trying to lose weight can be a frustrating experience. The dieting and exercising can prove ineffective – it's easy to become disheartened. Over-the-counter slimming pills, and herbal supplements are easily available, however their weight loss credentials are uncertain. It's always best to discuss your weight issues with a licenced medical professional who will be able to give you all the information you need about weight loss medications like Xenical. This prescription treatment has been clinically proven to be more effective in weight loss than over-the-counter treatments and less invasive than surgery. Obtaining Xenical is a simple process - complete our short, no-obligation online consultation where one of our registered doctors can see if this treatment is right for you.

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