Today on MD-VOD, Dr. John Kennedy is joined by obesity experts, Dr. Amy Lee and Dr. Jeremy Korman of Marina del Rey Hospital, to learn about obesity. Together they examine the cause of obesity, who is at risk, the symptoms, how it’s diagnosed and available medications, treatments and therapies. They further discuss the consequences and the realities of living with obesity, including insurance coverage and related costs.
Today, one in three adults and one in six children in America are living with obesity. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat that has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health.
Obesity increases our risk for various health complications including heart attack and stroke due to the metabolic syndrome. The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of signs and symptoms that include:
• High Blood Pressure
• High Cholesterol
• and Truncal Obesity
Dr. Lee points out that it is best to make aggressive lifestyle changes to combat obesity and the additional complications. The three doctors go on to discuss how medications, such as appetite suppressors, and surgeries, including gastric bypass and the lap-band, are invaluable tools to treat obesity in qualifying individuals.
So join us as we simplify this common and treatable disease and arm you with the tools and information you need to combat obesity for yourself and those you love.
*****This video contains healthcare information only, not medical advice.*****
Host, Dr. John Kennedy, MD, FACC is the Director of Preventive Cardiology and Wellness, Marina Del Rey Hospital, Marina Del Rey, California. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and is the Co-Author of The 15 Minute Heart Cure: The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Just Minutes a Day.
Guest expert, Dr. Amy Lee is the founder of MDietician. She is board-certified in internal medicine and combines that foundation with the practice of lifestyle change and aggressive weight management.She graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago, earning a degree in Medicine. Dr. Lee is also a popular speaker and actively seeks to educate not just her clients but medical professionals as well.
Dr. Jeremy Korman, is a board certified general surgeon with specialization in the full spectrum of bariatric procedures including laparoscopic gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric imbrications. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Korman is an active member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, American College of Surgeons, and Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and is currently the medical director of the LA Bariatrics program at Marina Del Rey Hospital.