At the most basic level, the ability to maintain a healthy weight means balancing what you eat with how much energy you use each day. Diets use various ways to get people to eat fewer calories. Exercise programs encourage people to use more energy.

Most successful weight management programs, including the Weight Management Program at Cedars-Sinai, use a combination of physical activity and controlled eating to cause a deficit between calories eaten and calories burned.

A severely overweight patient's life can be shortened by as much as 20 years, and the risks significantly increase for developing:

  • Certain types of cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Emotional or social problems
  • Gallstones
  • Heart and vascular diseases
  • Joint problems
  • Stroke


To gauge whether your weight in in the healthy zone, check the BMI chart . When your health is at risk and when you weigh at least twice your ideal weight or at least 100 pounds (45 kilograms) more than your ideal weight, you may need to consider other options.


A variety of treatment options are available to help fight obesity depending on how overweight you are and any, health consequences you may be experiencing.

Cedars-Sinai's Weight Management Program provides a combination of education, group support, food management and exercise to reduce obesity. The Weight Loss Center at Cedars-Sinai offers minimally invasive surgical techniques to control eating and promote weight loss. These procedures usually are reversible, unlike older surgical weight-control procedures.

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