Medicine

A few moments with the doctor

Graduated of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal in 1978, Dr. Forbes has been practicing for more than 30 years. Intern and resident in psychiatry at McGill University, he has developed, throughout his career, the capacity to take care of people in a loss or maintenance weight process. Concerned about health and well-being, he gives us some valuable informations and advices.

Are you at risk?

Although there are several methods to assess an individual’s propensity to suffer from weight related diseases, I would like to focus on the body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. These tools are handy and easy to use. They calculate risks of suffering from one of the following conditions:Although there are several methods to assess an individual’s propensity to suffer from weight related diseases, I would like to focus on the body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. These tools are handy and easy to use. They calculate risks of suffering from one of the following conditions:

  • Hypertension
  • Coronary artery
    disease
  • Cerebral palsy
    vascular
  • Gallbladder
    disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
    breathing problems
  • Problems
    respiratory
  • Endometrial
    cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Infertility
  • High cholesterol
    (hyperlipidemia)
  • Hepatic steatosis
    (accumulation of
    fat in the liver)
  • Insulin resistance
    asthma
  • Hyperuricemia
    (gout)
  • Hormonal
    imbalance
  • Polycystic ovary
    syndrome infertility
  • Type II diabetes
    (adult)
  • Gastric reflux
    (gerd)

N.B. to determine the individual risk of developing these diseases, lifestyle, fitness, genetics and other risk factors should be considered. Consult for further explanations.

Body mass index (BMI)

Body mass index is a calculation to assess the risk of developing health problems and weight-related diseases.

Your BMI is

24,6
Classification BMI Risk of developing
health problems
Insufficient weight < 18,5 Increased
Normal weight 18,6 – 24,9 Decrease
Overweight 25 – 29,9 Increased
Obesity, Class I 30 – 34,9 High
Obesity, Class II 35 – 39,9 Very high
Obesity, Class III > 40 Extremely High

Waist - Apple or pear shape

Waist circumference is a better predictor of diabetes and heart disease than body mass index. Coupled with the BMI measurement, waist circumference indicates whether adipose tissue, in its distribution, is more likely to generate a greater health risk. An excess of fat around the waist and in the upper body (apple shape) is associated with a greater risk than an excess of fat located in the region of the hips and thighs (pear shape).

A waist equal to or greater than 102 cm or 40 in men or 88 cm or 35 in women is correlates to increased risk of developing health issues.

A 10% loss : an achievable goal?

Although many illnesses are associated with being overweight, there can be a 25% improvement in your health following a 10% weight loss.
Feeling overwhelmed? Uncertain about the do-ability and feasibility of this objective?
My experience has shown me that, with proper follow-up, a majority of patients succeed, despite encountering obstacles such as, hunger, deep-rooted habits and/or emotion management.

Dr Peter Forbes
Medical consultant

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