Did you know that over a third of American adults are obese according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention?

Obesity Specialist

Z. Rafael Abad, M.D., P.A., is a board-certified family medicine physician with many years of experience providing highly effective weight-management programs to boost health and wellness and reduce the risks and complications of obesity at his private practice in Miami. 

Dr. Abad offers unwavering compassionate and personalized support through all stages of your weight-loss journey and beyond. Schedule over the phone or use the online booking system today.


What is obesity?

In the United States, obesity is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases that can also bring disability, mortality, and a range of other health complications.

If you’re obese, you have excess adipose tissue. There are several ways to determine if you’re obese or overweight. One common way to measure obesity involves using body mass index. You’re considered obese if you have more than 30% body fat.


What are the health complications and risks associated with obesity?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity can increase your risk for over 30 other chronic health conditions, such as:

  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Sleep apneaType 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Gallstones
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Urinary stress incontinence
  • Certain cancers
  • Asthma and other respiratory conditions
  • Menstrual irregularities

Obesity also increases the risk for several other complications, such as:

  • Birth defects
  • Miscarriages
  • Heart failure

Many obese patients also have osteoarthritis — the breakdown of bone and cartilage within a joint. This is typically the result of wear and tear over time and excess weight on the joints. Excess weight on the muscles and joints can also cause inflammation, pain, and impaired physical functioning.

Numerous studies reveal that many obese people become clinically depressed or experience several other mental disorders, such as anxiety.


What methods treat obesity?

Obesity is a complex condition, so the treatments vary depending on the individual. Multiple treatments are often used in conjunction to deliver the best results.

Dr. Abad might suggest a number of treatments to help you on your weight-loss journey, such as:

  • Medications
  • Exercise programs
  • Nutritional counseling

Dr. Abad often suggests certain lifestyle changes like stress management and mindfulness. He works with you to create an individualized treatment plan that incorporates all necessary components for you to achieve a healthy weight and successfully maintain your healthy weight in the future. He continues your medical care long after you achieve your ideal weight.

It’s essential that you continue to consume a healthy balanced diet and engage in regular physical activity to ensure your weight-loss efforts last. Losing weight isn’t just about changing your body shape or appearance, it’s also integral to your overall health and preventive care.

 The right tailored diet and exercise recommendations, supplements, and other valuable forms of medical support can help you lose weight and keep it off for good while improving your general health. Call Dr. Abad or schedule online today.

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Please Note: Our office will reach out to you directly to confirm your appointment date and time.

Office hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Request an Appointment | Dr. Abad

Please Note: Our office will reach out to you directly to confirm your appointment date and time.

Office hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.