Courtney Younglove, M.D. is board-certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as being a Diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She is uniquely qualified to understand and address the complex relationship between the disease of obesity and its influence on women’s health issues, including polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), infertility, abnormal uterine bleeding, and menopause management.
“As a gynecologist, I have always felt that it is my responsibility to evaluate and understand my patients overall health. Talking with women year after year, I began to notice some very disturbing trends. Every year, a great majority of my patients were just a little bit heavier than the year before and very few could figure out why. Many would return, ecstatic about a significant weight loss, only to come back the following year having gained it all back and then some. My patients often voiced a great deal of frustration with their inability to manage their weight. Intelligent, motivated women – who were so successful with other parts of their lives – just couldn’t get their weight under control. As their weight increased, many general health issues worsened – obvious things like high blood pressure and diabetes, but less obvious things as well: sleep disturbances, fatigue, depression, decreased libido, joint pain, and a general sense of just not feeling well.”
“During my years in private practice I began to pay attention to how excess weight negatively impacted my patients and realized that obesity was a common theme in many gynecological issues. I was doing a lot of counseling visits about infertility and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and kept talking to patients about how they really needed to lose weight to manage their symptoms – yet very few of them were successful. Similarly, I noticed that many of my patients who began struggling with dysfunctional uterine bleeding could relate the change in their bleeding to their excess weight. Obstetric patients who began their pregnancies overweight or obese had a much higher rate of pregnancy complications: gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, macrosomia (large babies), cesarean section and wound infections. Many struggled to lose the excess weight after delivery and often entered the next pregnancy heavier than before, starting the cycle all over again.”
Telling my obese patients to just “eat less and exercise more” felt ridiculous – after all, I wasn’t telling my patients with depression to “just cheer up.”
“I started trying to wrap my head around what the core of the problem really was. I couldn’t accept that my patients (along with a staggering 66% of Americans) were suffering from a lack of self-discipline! Although I had personally struggled with weight my entire life (and had convinced myself that I too was a “failure” at successful weight loss and maintenance), I decided to do some research to see if I could offer my patients something more. Telling my obese patients to just “eat less and exercise more” felt ridiculous – after all, I wasn’t telling my patients with depression to “just cheer up.” What I found was staggering. There has been an abundance of information published in the past ten years about metabolism, nutrition and obesity that I was completely unaware of. I became involved in The Obesity Medicine Association and discovered a group of physicians that was passionately dedicated to combating the disease of obesity. Thus began my journey into obesity medicine. As I began learning the science of nutrition and metabolic health, I began to see patterns in my life as well as my patients’ lives. I made some necessary changes in my nutrition and behaviors and improved my overall health and well-being; and in the process managed to finally take off (and keep off) my excess weight. I continued to learn and eventually became certified in obesity medicine. My goal was to transfer this knowledge into clinical practice and use it to benefit my patients’ health. In order to do that successfully, I spent time training with one of the founders of The Obesity Medicine Association and one of the pioneers of physician-directed medical weight loss, Allen Rader, M.D. His medical weight loss program has been in place for over 15 years and has expanded to 20 cities throughout the United States. His program boasts the highest success rates for weight loss and maintenance of loss in the country and I am proud to bring that program to the Kansas City Metro area.”
“I absolutely believe that obesity is a chronic, progressive, deadly disease and patients deserve to be treated by a trained physician practicing solid, evidence-based medicine. Obesity is not simply a disease caused by lack of personal responsibility. Patients suffering from obesity deserve to be evaluated by a physician who will not judge or shame them, but will work with them to find the best possible solutions to their health problems. Patients need someone who can measure success in terms of health, and not just a number on a scale. It is possible to successfully lose weight and keep it off – and to significantly improve overall health and wellness in the process. It isn’t always easy, but it is achievable.”