Overweight and obesity have long been associated with over 30 different chronic comorbid conditions. But some of these conditions are more readily talked about with providers than others. The impact of weight on Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Hypertension is pretty clear to both patients and physicians alike.
OK, we get it already! Being overweight has all these health risks… and two-thirds of people are overweight… and being overweight can complicate chronic conditions… and you have to lose weight NOW! Stop eating your favorite foods. Eat less. Workout, workout, workout…
According to the World Heart Federation, 21 percent of chronic heart disease cases are attributable to a BMI above 21. And with nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults overweight or obese, we are looking at the potential for heart disease rates to skyrocket in the coming years if we don’t collectively do something about the obesity epidemic.
I’ve struggled with weight all of my adult life. At times, I was sickly thin. Other times, I was bloated and uncomfortable in my own skin. Both experiences have given me a perspective on what it’s like to be overweight and underweight.
In the beginning of a weight loss journey, many patients think they’ll lose 40 pounds and look like Cindy Crawford. They fantasize about hitting the beach in the smallest bikini they can find to show off their new body and celebrate all of their hard work. One thing that weight loss patients are sometimes unprepared for, however, is that they still may need to deal with some body image issues after weight loss. One such issue is excess skin.
Every year, weight loss centers see a huge influx of dieters eager to lose weight on January 2. Not much effort needs to go into getting people through the door when weight loss is top of mind for New Year’s resolutions.
In our culture, we often associate happy childhood experiences with unhealthy behaviors or foods. Who can forget summers filled with ice cream, lollipops secretly passed to you by grandparents, getting the first warm cookie out of the oven, or even licking the cake batter out of the bowl?
Losing weight is easy — said no one ever! Patients sometimes approach weight loss with unrealistic expectations. Some think that if they just exercise and eat better, the weight will melt off and they’ll drop 20 pounds in a couple weeks. However, the reality is that people can work really hard, be super committed to their diet and exercise plan, and yet still not see the kind of progress they hope for as quickly as they want to see it. On top of the fact that in this time of the year, patients may also be dealing with winter weight gain that has thrown off their previous progress. So is it time to throw in the towel?
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Current podcasts include:
• Obesity Bias and Discrimination and What We as Bariatricians Can Do About It
• Understanding Trauma - Healing Within a Changing Health Care System
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• Policy Solutions for Obesity Prevention
• Brain Systems Underlying the Munchies
• Incorporating Medical Weight Loss into Your Practice or Hospital
Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation
We are in the midst of one of the toughest seasons for weight loss patients: WINTER. As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, dieters may find themselves losing momentum, and falling victim to winter weight gain.
It is important for providers to be compassionate and sympathetic to their patients during this difficult season. However, they must also do what they can to help keep patients on track. Without support and encouragement, patients may feel shame and/or guilt for not adhering to their weight loss program or exercise plan and this may cause them to skip appointments — or not come back altogether. This is the moment to look closely at your retention strategies. Stay connected with patients. Provide them with the encouragement they may need to keep going, even despite setbacks.
Sometimes all dieters need to hear are some positive affirmations to let them know their goals are still achievable. Let them know they have your support. We’ve put together 10 Affirmation Cards for you to download to use with your patients that can remind them of their worth, their progress, and motivate them to keep going despite the season’s challenges.
Download our 10 Affirmation Cards now! Print them on cardstock and have them available in your waiting room. Give them to your patients after an appointment. Send one via text or email along with their appointment reminder. Or share on social media and patient forums to stay connected. Your patients will appreciate this compassionate approach to helping them stay on track, and your business will benefit from the increased retention, compliance, and communication with your patients.
Need some more in-depth support with patient retention through the holidays? Log into your account on www.Robard.com, and click here to listen to a complimentary webcast, Holiday Survival: Compliance and Retention through January.
Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation