Almost 2 out of every 3 adults in the UK have a weight problem and more than 1 in every 4 are obese – with increasing levels potentially accelerated by rising inactivity levels during the pandemic.
Private Doc has seen an increase in weight loss patients across the duration of the Coronavirus, with patients accessing the service who have tried dieting and exercise but it simply hasn’t been effective in reducing their BMI to a healthy level.
In cases where diet and exercise alone have not been effective, there will be additional health complications preventing successful weight loss, this is where PrivateDoc can help.
PrivateDoc assess patients needs on a case by case basis, as an online digital health clinic specialising in weight loss and obesity treatments, their licensed GPs select weight loss treatments such as Saxenda and Mysimba, which have proven to be highly effective in treating obesity and creating lasting results.
Dara O’Malley commented: “ We understand how difficult weight loss can be with numerous factors affecting results. As a society, we find it easy to blame the individual for being overweight, when it is actually far more complex. The modern world is fundamentally designed to make us fat; it’s an obesogenic environment. We use prescription weight loss drugs to support our patients, but also recommend lifestyle changes that will help create lasting healthy habits.
We often see online pharmacies simply prescribing these drugs with little or no further support, but for the best outcome; we need to take a holistic approach. That is why we’ve created numerous initiatives to support our patients’ weight loss, from our app to our diet plan and mindfulness offerings. “
An obese BMI is considered when a person has a body mass index of 30 or above. You can find an online BMI calculator via this link: BMI Calculator. Having an obese BMI can lead to a higher risk for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, osteoarthritis and back pain. These risks increase as the patients BMI increases.
The health risks associated with obesity are why PrivateDoc want to raise awareness of the range of treatments and support that is available, offering consultations for free to help assess whether a patient is suitable for treatment. In those at risk of diabetes, losing 5kg has been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 55%. Raising awareness of the treatments options available is critical to helping reduce obesity in the UK and lower the chance of the health risks associated.
The educational lifestyle support that PrivateDoc offer enables patients to understand the fundamentals of weight loss alongside prescription treatment and make healthy changes to their eating habits.
Glen Matten Author of The PrivateDoc Diet Guide and leading author of the SIRTfood diet made famous by Adele said: “ Following a low-calorie diet will often bring success in the short-term, but this is often short-lived and the results are hard to maintain. More often than not the weight creeps back on.
To help successful weight loss with a reduced-calorie diet, the PrivateDoc dietary guide explains the foods that naturally help with appetite regulation by helping increase feelings of satiety, to complement prescribed treatment”.
Did you know? You can start treatment at PrivateDoc from the comfort of your own home. The process is fast, discreet and simple. Patients simply complete an online consultation which is reviewed by a doctor within 24 hours, medication is then selected and dispatched quickly and discreetly.