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The growing number of adults and children with obesity has become a public health priority in the United States. Obesity is a chronic disease that goes beyond eating too many calories and lack of physical activity. Obesity is described as an imbalance in the signals for energy storage in fat tissues in our bodies, the excess of which causes chronic health complications such as diabetes, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis and heart disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and even cancer.

The most common methods to measure obesity are Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference. Although there is no perfect method to measuring obesity, clinicians frequently use these two indicators as a tool to diagnose weight-related issues. With a BMI over 30 kg/m2, the chances of developing complications increase exponentially. On the other hand, decreasing one’s BMI and weight may reduce the chances of developing diabetes by 30% or more.

Treatment options for obesity vary from person to person. Our providers strive to offer the best individualized solution for each patient, including medical and surgical management of obesity. It is important for providers to address the issue early in patients that are considered overweight (BMI over 25 kg/m2 but below 30 kg/m2) in order to delay complications, prevent obesity and kick-start their journey to a healthy weight. For patients, it is important to talk to your physician about your weight and develop an intervention plan.

Medical Weight Loss at Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery

Nanticoke Health Services recognizes the importance of offering our community a physician-supervised weight loss program that provides treatment in a clinical setting with licensed healthcare professionals including board-certified physicians and a registered dietitian. Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery offers services including medical evaluation, nutrition education, pharmacotherapy, physical activity and behavioral therapy, as well as bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

The medical weight loss program at Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery is led by Dr. Palavecino, a Board Certified Internist and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Palavecino helps with the diagnosis and staging of the disease and develops an individualized program to achieve each patient’s weight loss goal.

As part of the individualized program, patients will have the possibility of supervised, low-calorie diets based on protein supplements by New Direction which may promote more rapid weight loss. Patients will also receive several tools and education to help create and maintain positive lifestyle changes and behaviors that promote a fat-burning diet and maintain a lean body mass and healthy weight. These steps are key to improve health complications associated with obesity such as diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.

For more information about the programs and services offered by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Palavecino, call 302-536-5395 or visit