Ageless and Outrageous

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Kristin Jackson

08 May 2024

20m 45s

The Skinny on Weight Loss Options



Obesity has become a pressing issue in the United States, with a significant increase in its prevalence over the past few decades. This episode explores the factors contributing to weight gain,  genetics that may predispose individuals to obesity, and the environment in which we live., highlighting the control we each have over our weight and the potential to modulate genetic influences. We also discuss the impact of obesity on various medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and diabetes. Obesity needs to be understood as a chronic and relapsing medical condition, rather than solely a cosmetic concern.  Listen in to learn more:

  • Plenity; a supplement that expands in the stomach to creates a sensation of fullness
  • Cell Press, a similar supplement with celluose, to help control portion size
  • Calcium Pyruvate, a substance that enhances the conversion of food into energy
  • Orlistat, an over-the-counter medication to block fat absorption
  • Hormonal control of weight using Semaglutide and Tirzepatide
  • The role of the hypothalamus in eating and hunger
  • The role of the mesolimbic reward system in controlling cravings
  • Contrave, a prescription medication working in the brain to reset hunger controls
  • Qsymia, a prescription medication working in the brain with the hunger and craving centers
  • Bariatric surgery as an option

Gain insight to understand obesity's medical complexities to explore various interventions, empowering you to make an informed choice for healthier living and weight management.

Key moments in this episode are:
00:26 Definition of obesity
00:38 Calculating your BMI
01:06 Rates of obesity in the USA
01:27 Factors related to rise in obesity
03:11 When to begin treating our weight
04:07 Does insurance cover weight loss options?
05:32 Understanding Plenity
06:40 Describing Cell Press
07:08 Calcium Pyruvate supplement
07:40 Orlistat as a fat-blocker
08:20 Hormonal treatment for weight with semaglutide and tirzepatide
11:44 Hypothalamus' role in weight control
12:13 Mesolimbic reward system's role in weight control
13:58 Contrave for weight loss and control of cravings
15:22 Using Qsymia to control hunger and cravings
16:29 Phentermine as an appetite suppressant
17:56 Bariatric surgery for weight loss
Learn more about weight loss options, including Semaglutide and Tirzepatide, here:
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