The goal of treatment is to reduce your weight to a point where it is no longer a risk to your health. The initial goal is to lose approximately 10% of the baseline body weight or 1-2 pounds a week in the first 6 months of treatment. This may be less weight than you would like to lose, but it may be a more realistic goal. This is done with lifestyle changes, including how you shop, how you prepare food, and changing eating and exercise habits. Once the weight is lost, it is essential to maintain and prevent the regain of weight through better eating habits and regular exercise.
Be aware that obesity is difficult to treat and success rates are not high. Cultural factors, personal habits, lifestyle, and genetics all affect the treatment process. Medications play only a small supplementary role and surgery is limited to people with morbid obesity or those who have complications. Many benefit from counseling and support groups.
Obesity treatment includes:
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Last reviewed February 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
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