The VGA Center for Obesity Medicine was established to treat obesity and associated medical problems, primarily through lifestyle management. Our multi-disciplinary approach includes attention to the four cornerstones of weight management: medical, nutritional, behavioral, and physical.
Karen Jerome-Zapadka, M.D. is board-certified in obesity medicine. She leads our team of specialists that includes a Master’s-level registered dietitian, a physician’s assistant and a medical assistant.
There’s no magic pill for long-term sustainable weight loss. Only by learning new ways to think about food, challenging your body through increased physical activity and learning new behaviors, all under the guidance of our team, will you find success. Your long-term commitment is THE foundation to reaching and maintaining your weight loss goal.
There is no one-size-fits-all plan when it comes to weight management. Our team assesses your health as well as any underlying medical conditions and recommends a plan that is customized for you. Plans include nutritional prescriptions, physical activity and behavioral therapy through education. These behavioral changes are vital for initial weight loss and are crucial for long-term success.
Sometimes, the addition of weight loss medications to diet and exercise may lead to greater amounts of weight loss. You may also be evaluated for non-surgical weight loss procedures, like the recently FDA-approved ReShape® Dual Weight Loss Balloon. This procedure places two balloons into the stomach to limit the amount of food you can eat. Or, if indicated, you may be evaluated for bariatric surgery.
All these treatments are not appropriate for everyone. Dr. Zapadka will assess your needs and decide what’s most appropriate for your situation.
Fatty liver disease or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) results from fat being collected in individual liver cells. Fatty liver disease is associated with being overweight or obese. It is thought to be one of the components of the Metabolic Syndrome that also includes high triglycerides, low HDL (good cholesterol), high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood sugar and enlarged waist circumference. Read more >>
ReShape® jump starts your weight loss by placing two connected saline-filled gastric balloons, made of medical-grade silicone, inside your stomach for six months. The weight loss balloon takes up room in your stomach so there’s less space for food and you feel full faster. The weight loss balloons are inserted through your mouth (endoscopically), with no incisions or scars. Insertion of the gastric balloon is completed in about 20 minutes, with no hospital stay required. Read more >>