Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia LLC

Gastroenterologists located in Macon, Gray, Warner Robins, and Milledgeville, GA

Being underweight or overweight can have a significant effect on your overall health. The experienced gastroenterology team at Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia, specializes in weight management and offers a program aimed at supporting weight loss or weight gain. For an appointment, call the office today.

Weight Management Q & A

What is a healthy weight?

Your weight is an important tool for the team at Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia uses to assess your overall health and risk of disease. The team uses your body mass index (BMI) to determine if you’re at a healthy weight. This mathematical equation uses your height and weight to help estimate body fat. Too much or too little body fat may increase your risk of health issues. 

The BMI categories for adults include:

Underweight = less than 18.5 Healthy weight = 18.6 to 24.9Overweight = 25 to 29.9Obese = greater than 30

While the BMI isn’t the most accurate assessment tool for everyone, it’s a good indication of health risks related to weight for most of the population. 

What are the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight?

Having a healthy body weight offers many benefits, from boosting your self-esteem to reducing your risk of developing chronic diseases. Some of the benefits include:

Lower blood pressure 
Improved cholesterol and blood sugar levels
Less stress on joints
Healthier bones
Better overall quality of life
Improved mood

You may envy the person struggling to gain weight, but being underweight can be as detrimental to your health and quality of life as being overweight or obese. Many gastrointestinal disorders, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, affect appetite, and lead to weight loss. Poor nutritional intake and low BMI may increase your risk of malnutrition or chronic health conditions such as osteoporosis. 

The team at Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia offers weight-management programs to help those struggling with weight loss and those who need help gaining weight. 

What can I expect from a weight-management program?

When you participate in the weight management program at Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia, you can expect an individualized diet plan that takes into consideration your weight goals, nutrition needs, and overall health. Whether you need to lose or gain weight, your diet plan includes a healthy balance of foods from all the food groups to ensure your body gets all the nutrients it needs to work at its best. 

The team works one on one with you and adjusts your nutrition plan as needed until you achieve your weight goals. 

To learn more about the weight-management program, call Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia.