By : Joann Shin
(KHNL) - Sanford Kama is seeing a doctor to loss weight.
"I have a hereditary heart problem, the heavy amount of weight adds to my heart problem," said the 33 year old Nanakuli resident.
He came to the Waianae clinic in March.
At first he wasn't the most willing candidate.
"I never like come up here and they going to put plenty pressure on me," explained Kama.
Kama is like many of Dr. Stephen Bradley's patients.
People who have serious health problems associated with weight gain.
Dr. Bradley primarily works with Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
He says obesity is a major health crisis in the Leeward coast.
"The obesity rate is much higher in Waianae where I work with overweight or obesity rates of 75 percent," explained Dr. Bradley who works out of the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.
There are many factors contributing to the alarming statistics.
According to Dr. Bradley, "our tendency not to get as much exercise in our daily life, eating calorie laden foods and bigger bigger portions."
The goal is to get patients to loose 5 to 10 percent of their body weight.
It starts with Dr. Bradley meeting with his patients often.
Kama also works with a personal trainer every week.
So far he's lost 17 pounds in just one month.
He plans to increase his work-outs.
Besides meeting with a doctor and fitness trainer, part of this four prong approach, includes meeting with a nutritionist and psychologist to deal with lifestyle challenges.
And while there's more work ahead, Kama is up for the challenge.