8/28/2012 11:13:00 PM SPOTLIGHT ON NEW BUSINESS Medical office tackles issues, behaviors underlying obesity
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Kimberly Elias is the program director for Medical
Weight Loss Solutions in Prescott, which opened this past June.
PRESCOTT - Two-thirds of American adults and nearly one-third of American children were overweight or obese in 2010, according to a fact sheet from Medical Weight Solutions.
"We live in a fat society, and it has become a major epidemic," said Kimberly Elias, program director for Medical Weight Solutions.
Elias defined obesity as having a body mass index of 30 or higher (factoring in weight and height), and noted that people who are overweight or obese often have underlying causes for their weight problems, including genetics and psychological and environmental factors.
Being overweight can make them more susceptible to diabetes, cancer and other health problems, she added. Overweight people also encounter negative perceptions that in turn can lead to discrimination in hiring and promotions, Elias said.
Medical Weight Solutions tries to help its clients with a comprehensive program that excludes surgery, Elias said. James Michael McKinnon, a physician board-certified in psychiatry and board-eligible in bariatric medicine, opened the practice at 421 E. Moeller St. in June. McKinnon moved to Prescott from Laguna Beach, Calif., to be closer to his wife's family. Wife Luchia Storing-McKinnon is an emergency room doctor at Yavapai Regional Medical Center.
"We provide medical supervision and counseling and lifestyle education," Elias said. "We do medications if appropriate."
Elias, who formerly worked in the addiction field when she lived in Florida, said her office deals with all factors that contribute to people being overweight or obese.
Elias, who earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from
Florida Gulf Coast University, said all of McKinnon's patients have been diagnosed with depression. Patients primarily range in age from 40 to 60.
The average patient has tried nine or more diets, she said. They lost weight but regained it because they lacked the appropriate tools and skills, as well as medical supervision.
The key to losing weight is by reducing calories and maintaining weight through exercise, she said. Through an appropriate regimen, the patients are losing an average of two pounds a week.
"We are not just about losing weight. We are about a long-term solution for keeping the weight off," she said.
Elias said part of her duties involve conducting presentations. She said will be giving talks in the community. She also plans monthly fitness walks for patients at venues such as the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza.
Medical Weight Solutions does not accept insurance, Elias said, while noting that insurance companies pay for diabetes medications and expensive surgeries.
Medical Weight Solutions maintains office hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call the office at 237-3775 or log onto www.medicalweightsolutions.net.
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Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
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She sounds kinda of judgey
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Obesity would not be a surprise to anyone if our medical profession were still teaching true healing... Our own US congress released a report in 1936 Document 264 and one statement in that report was "We are fast becoming a country of fat bellies...” That fact was taught to medical students for many years before the insurance and drug industry took over medical schools... To read an excerpt of that report go to http://www.antibiotic-alternatives.com/senate_document.htm