Obesity services offered in Shenandoah, TX


Nearly half of American adults struggle with obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At Sparkman Family Medicine, a family medicine practice in Shenandoah, Texas, Chris Sparkman, MD, Tabatha Mize, FNP, and the team are dedicated to lowering that number and helping patients struggling with their weight overcome the challenges of obesity. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Is obesity the same as being overweight?

While obesity and being overweight are both conditions characterized by carrying excess weight, a few key differences set them apart. 

Being overweight means having a higher-than-average body weight for your height. The CDC defines being overweight as having a body mass index (BMI) over 24.9.

Defined as having a BMI over 30, obesity is a complex condition that requires ongoing management and medical intervention. Dr. Sparkman and the compassionate team at Sparkman Family Medicine work with you to ensure you receive individualized care that meets your needs and goals.

What are the main health concerns of obesity?

Excess weight strains nearly every bodily function, from respiration to digestion. Obesity can significantly increase your risk of many chronic health concerns, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • High cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Arthritis

Obesity can also diminish your confidence and self-esteem, which can leave you vulnerable to mental health challenges, such as anxiety and depression.

Can I have obesity without overeating?

While consuming excessive calories is a common cause of weight gain, other factors that can make losing weight difficult include:


Metabolism is a chemical reaction in the body’s cells that turns food into energy. The higher your metabolism is, the more calories you burn. People with slow metabolisms may find losing or maintaining weight difficult.


Genetics can affect your metabolism, appetite, hormones, fat storage and distribution, and how quickly you feel satiated after eating.


Hormones are chemical messengers that can affect your metabolism, digestion, and other bodily functions. A hormone imbalance can lead to weight gain, increased hunger, and other challenges leading to obesity.

What steps can I take to treat obesity?

Dr. Sparkman and the team understand there is no one-size-fits-all approach to losing weight. They work with you to encourage healthy, sustainable weight loss through a combination of diet and lifestyle changes. Popular approaches they may recommend include:

  • Following a balanced diet rich in leafy greens, complex carbohydrates, and lean proteins
  • Minimizing saturated and trans fats
  • Exercising more frequently (at least 30 minutes, five days a week)
  • Taking medications and/or supplements
  • Seeking mental health support

If you struggle to lose weight on your own, Dr. Sparkman and the team can help. Call Sparkman Family Medicine today or schedule an appointment online to get the support you deserve.