What is a Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program?
Medical weight management programs provide treatment in a clinical setting with a licensed health care professional, such as a medical doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered dietitian and/or a psychologist. These programs typically offer services such as nutrition and physical activity counseling and behavioral therapy.
The cost to participate in a medical weight management program varies depending upon the services offered. Health insurance companies may cover some or all of your treatment, particularly if you have weight-related health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension or diabetes.
The Initial Consult:
A physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner specializing in obesity treatment provides the initial consultation. The initial consult involves a focused medical evaluation for diseases related to obesity and causative factors, along with a physical examination. In addition, the medical professional will obtain a weight history, which includes past diet attempts, and may conduct a thorough psychological history.
Many patients come to the clinic with undiagnosed diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid disorders, abnormal liver tests or obstructive sleep apnea. Additional testing may be recommended depending upon the medical history and physical findings.
Overall, the physician management of obesity may include:
- Behavior Modifications (diet and exercise)
- Pre-packaged Meal Replacement Plans
- Pharmacotherapy (weight-loss medications)