Published on January 02, 2018

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Carrying the Weight of Your Well-Being

Being overweight or obese affects your health from head to toe

By: Sean Yuan, M.D., Bariatric Surgery

You love the way you look in the mirror when you reach a healthy weight. It feels great to fit into your skinny jeans or slip into a smaller dress size, but the real magic happens on the inside.

Goals that rise to the occasion

The first step to achieving a weight or fitness goal is knowing where you want to be. Your aspirations have a lot to do with whether or not you are successful. Choose goals that are:

  • Realistic. Don’t let weight loss competition shows give you the wrong impression. Losing a pound or two a week is considered better for your health and more sustainable than rapid weight loss.
  • Incremental. Setting short-term goals on your way to a big goal will give you an excuse to celebrate your victories. Motivation is everything.
  • Specific. It’s not enough to say that you want to “get healthy.” Instead, commit to being active at least three times a week or work on lowering your blood pressure.
  • Evolving. Even the best laid plans can sometimes go off track. Give yourself permission to weather setbacks and make new goals as needed to fit your changing needs.

Having a waist measurement of more than 35 inches for women and more than 40 inches for men has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and premature death, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Losing 10 pounds over the course of six months can have a similar impact to some medications, lowering your blood pressure and leading to a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, according to Harvard Health.

According to the National Institutes of Health, losing 7 percent of your excess body weight and exercising 30 minutes a day reduces your risk of developing diabetes by 60 percent. Having a waist measurement of more than 35 inches for women and more than 40 inches for men has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and premature death.

Each pound of weight you lose reduces the amount of pressure on the knee joint by four pounds, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

According to the National Institutes of Health, people who maintain a healthy weight are less likely to experience depression or develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Ditch the weight and save your feet. Those with the weight related diabetes are 15 times more likely to have a foot or leg amputated, according to the American Diabetes association.

Want to lose weight but you aren’t sure where to start? Visit for a simple guide to weight management.

About Sean Yuan, M.D., Bariatric Surgery

Sean Yuan, M.D. is a member of the active medical staff at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, Department of Surgery. He received his medical degree from School of Medicine, Beijing Medical University. Dr. Yuan completed a residency in General Surgery at Lankenau Hospital and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. He also completed fellowship training in Bariatric Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at VCU Medical Center.

Dr. Yuan is a board-certified general surgeon and specializes in bariatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery and general surgery. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

His practice, TriCounty Surgical Associates, is located at 13 Armand Hammer Blvd. Suite 310, Pottstown, PA 19464. New patients are currently being accepted by calling (610) 327-7755.