Obesity Specialist

Why Weight

Board-Certified Obesity Medicine Specialists & Bioidentical Hormone Specialists located in Littleton, CO

Obesity is a complex disease that affects more than 40% of adults in the United States. Though often viewed as more of a cosmetic issue, obesity is a medical condition that increases your risk of developing serious health complications. Board-certified obesity medicine specialist, Debra Salter, MD, at Why Weight in Littleton, Colorado, is an obesity expert. She uses advanced diagnostic tools and personalized weight-loss programs to help those struggling with their weight and health to reach their goals. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.

Obesity Q & A

What is obesity?

Obesity is a disease characterized by excess body fat. To diagnose obesity, Dr. Salter uses your body mass index (BMI), which is a mathematical formula that compares your weight to your height. 

BMI classifications include:

  • Underweight: 18.5 or lower
  • Healthy weight: 18.5-24.9
  • Overweight: 25-29.9
  • Obese: 30.0 or greater

The BMI doesn’t directly measure your body fat but provides valuable information about your weight and your risk of developing chronic health issues. 

What causes obesity?

Poor diet choices and lack of exercise are often blamed for causing obesity. Though diet and exercise affect your weight, they’re not the only factors that contribute to obesity.

Other factors that cause obesity include:

  • Genetics
  • Culture
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Age
  • Personal health history
  • Medication

Though obesity is a complex disease that increases your risk of developing other chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea, it’s a treatable condition. 

Like any other chronic disease, obesity benefits from medical intervention for long-term management.

What can I expect during an obesity evaluation?

When you visit Why Weight for an obesity consultation, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation. 

Dr. Salter is board certified in obesity medicine and understands the many factors that affect your weight and the reasons why you may struggle to lose. She has helped many patients lose over 100 pounds with her medical weight-loss program. 

During your evaluation, Dr. Salter asks detailed questions about your weight and diet history. She also reviews your medical history and the types of medications and supplements you take.

To better understand your health and the factors that may influence your weight, she also runs advanced lab testing to assess your overall health and wellness. 

What treatments can help me lose weight?

Based on the information gathered during your consultation, Dr. Salter develops your personalized weight-loss program. 

The physician-guided plan may include:

  • Personalized nutritional management
  • Fitness and exercise coaching
  • Wellness, behavioral, and life coaching
  • Stress reduction and management
  • Health and disease management
  • Medication and diet prescriptions
  • Meal replacement products
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement
  • Vitamin and nutritional supplements
  • Vitamin B12 and lipotropic injections

To help get rid of unwanted body fat, Why Weight uses the Verjú® Green Diode laser system. The painless procedure targets and eliminates unwanted body fat to improve your body shape without surgery or downtime.

Obesity is a disease that benefits from medical management. For expert care, call Why Weight or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.