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Weight Loss

Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight Loss Program

Here you’ll find tips on how to choose a program that may help you lose weight safely and keep it off over time. You’ll also learn how to talk with a health care professional about your weight.

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Your Weight Loss Plan

You’ll boost your chances for successful weight loss by making a realistic, achievable plan. Remember to pick a few realistic goals and take it one step at a time.

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Get Moving to Take Charge of Your Health

You don’t have to do boring exercise routines to be active. Fun activities can be good for you, too!

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Starting Physical Activity

Some physical activity is better than none. You can start slowly and build up from there.

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Keep Moving

If you have made an effort to fit more physical activity into your day, that’s great! If you need motivation to keep going, read this article from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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Keep Active and Eat Healthy to Improve Well-being and Feel Great

Eating foods that are good for you and staying physically active may help you reach and maintain a healthy weight and improve how you feel.

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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a well-established treatment for morbid obesity. It must be medically necessary and should not be performed for cosmetic reasons.

Criteria

Several criteria must be met in order for a patient to be approved for elective bariatric surgery as a treatment for obesity.

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Verify a BMI greater than or equal to 40 (those with a BMI in the 35-40 range may be approved for surgery if they have been diagnosed with at least one chronic condition associated with obesity)
  • Verify engagement in a medically-supervised weight management program for over 12 months, with monthly documentation of weight, dietary, and exercise efforts
  • Written work-up and evaluation by a board certified bariatric surgeon
  • Verification from a second clinician (PCP, PA, NP) indicating good candidacy for bariatric surgery
  • Receive clearance from a mental health provider indicating good candidacy for bariatric surgery
  • Receive approval and clearance from a nutritional expert (dietitian, etc.)

If you are initially denied the opportunity to receive a bariatric surgery procedure, please work with your surgeon to obtain documentation pertaining to the listed criteria.

Always assess the facility in which you are having bariatric surgery. There are many Bariatric Centers of Excellence that provide better outcomes for surgery patients.