By JAMIE SLACK
Photos by RACHEL LOCK
Another key area of health and wellness that people are increasingly concerned with is weight management. Marketdata forecasts that medical weight loss programs in the U.S. will see a 5.6 percent average annual growth in the next few years, to a value of $9.6 billion by 2019. Medical weight loss programs contributing to the large monetary growth consist of: bariatric surgery, prescription antiobesity drugs, bariatricians’ programs, very low calorie diets (VLCDs), and programs provided by hospitals, clinics and independent physicians.
This growing health and beauty sub-industry is also beginning to take the lead in our community. New Health and Anti-Aging Clinic in Topeka has services to engage clients and provide alternative ways of losing weight.
“Every day we are presented with patients that want to invest in themselves, and we tell them it’s the biggest and best investment they can make,” said Angela Griffith, clinic operations manager. “Getting patients back to feeling youthful and energetic again is a passion of ours. We take pride in listening to our patients, how they truly feel and providing them with tools that can help them regain their self-confidence.”
One weight loss method the clinic offers is Chorionic Gonadotropin Diet, or HCG. This diet restricts participants to limited calories per day in combination with doses of the HCG hormone, which can be done with injections or in a pill form that will take either 23, 33 or 43 days to complete. Proponents of this diet claim it suppresses appetite and allows participants to maintain muscle while losing weight.
For those who don’t want to go through a restricted calorie diet, or who have dieted but still see areas that just won’t shrink, New Health also offer CoolSculpting. This FDA approved procedure uses controlled cooling to target areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, promising quicker results for a slimmer contour.
Griffith said the staff at New Health and Anti-Aging Clinic understands that not every diet or procedure is right for every patient. Patients interested in weight loss or hormone therapy can discuss the pros and cons of each option and make the decision that is right for them. This growing market segment, along with the demand for its medispa services, has spurred New Health to expand into locations in Manhattan and Lenexa.