Obesity Specialist

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Alexandria

Primary Care Physicians located in Alexandria, VA

Obesity is dangerous and even deadly for men and women alike. The number of obese children is also rising in the United States. The supportive medical care team at AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia, understands that obesity isn’t something you can always successfully tackle on your own, so they’re here to help you safely lose weight with full medical support. Use the online scheduler or call the office to make your appointment for weight loss help now.

Obesity Q & A

How is obesity different than being overweight?

Whether you’re overweight or obese, the main problem is the same: excess body fat. The difference between the two is explained by body mass index (BMI) calculations. Your AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria care provider calculates your BMI by taking your height and weight into account.

BMI classifications are:

  • Underweight: less than 18.5 BMI
  • Normal: 18.5 - 24.9 BMI
  • Overweight: 25 - 29.9 BMI
  • Obese: 30 - 34.9 BMI
  • Extreme obesity: 40 and higher BMI

While not included in the BMI calculation, your waist circumference plays a role in determining your risk for weight-related health problems.

How does the medical weight-loss program work?

AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria offers a medical weight-loss program that’s designed specially for the needs of overweight and obese patients. Along with your BMI assessment, you may also have blood tests to check your thyroid function, blood sugar, cholesterol, vitamin D, and other important levels before starting the program.

If you qualify, your care provider prescribes weight-loss medication to help you drop the excess weight safely. Options include:

  • Phentermine: curbs hunger and boosts energy
  • Topiramate: changes taste sensation to help with weight loss
  • Bupropion/naltrexone: controls appetite and improves mood
  • Lorcaserin: controls appetite
  • Saxenda®: for Type 2 diabetes patients, also helps with weight loss

In addition to your medication, your care provider recommends a reduced-calorie diet that focuses on good all-around nutrition. Most weight-loss patients meet with their care provider at least once a month, depending on their specific situation and needs.

With each appointment, your provider checks your BMI and weight, discusses your progress, and helps you through challenges. The whole team knows that obesity treatment works best when you have support, so they’re here for you at every step.

What if I just can’t lose enough weight to get healthy?

Some patients may qualify for weight-loss surgery like gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy. If you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery, your care provider refers you to an excellent local bariatric surgery specialist and then co-manage your care before, during, and after the procedure.

You can beat obesity, but you need support and guidance to do so. You can trust the AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria team for everything you need to reach your goals. Book your appointment online or by phone now.