Weight Management: Hormonal Imbalance and Nutritional Insufficiencies

Melanie Dorion, NP


Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight; of these, over 600 million were obese. In the U.S. alone, more than one-third of adults (78.6 million) are obese. Excess body fat poses many health risks such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, and many other conditions.

Historically, dietary and lifestyle changes (such as eating fewer calories and increasing exercise) have been recommended to those with weight management challenges. As shown by the increased prevalence of overweight and obese individuals, these recommendations have not had the desired long-term success. An often overlooked factor is the influence of metabolic and hormonal imbalances. Obesity is now understood to be a multifaceted disease involving endocrine, inflammatory, gastrointestinal, and nutrient imbalances, and additional interventions are needed to augment conventional approaches. Specialty diagnostic testing may help identify contributing factors such as gastrointestinal dysbiosis, hormonal imbalances, and nutritional insufficiencies to allow for a personalized treatment plan for weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

In this webinar we will focus on:

  1. The multifaceted nature of weight gain and obesity
  2. A comprehensive evaluation of the overweight and obese patient
  3. Specialty diagnostic testing to reveal potential areas of dysfunction in obesity
  4. Therapeutic options for adrenal/thyroid dysfunction and nutritional status to help promote successful weight management

Keywords: weight management – hormonal imbalance – nutritional insufficiences

Melanie Dorion, AGNPAviva Romm, MD

Melanie Dorion is an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner focusing on preventive and integrative health in teens and adults. She currently is the Functional Medicine specialist at Downtown Family Healthcare, a family practice in Charlottesville, VA, focusing on fatigue, Lyme disease, weight management and gastrointestinal health. Her approach is grounded in the Naturopathic philosophy and she studied Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in Washington before doing her Nurse Practitioner degree at Seattle University. She is a member of the Obesity Medicine Association and the Institute for Functional Medicine and has received advanced training in obesity management, nutrition, exercise science and methylation genetics. She is a former professional cyclist and Quebec cycling Hall of Fame inductee. Melanie enjoys cycling, running, hiking, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.

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