Medical (Non-Surgical) Weight Loss

Obesity is a complex chronic disease. Many people who have struggled with weight loss have found that despite their best attempts, it is difficult to lose weight or keep it off. That is because obesity is not simply diet and exercise, or calories in and calories out. Many elements, including hormonal, medical, and lifestyle factors, can affect how your body processes and uses calories from food. For some people, a comprehensive treatment plan is needed to achieve meaningful and long-lasting weight loss.

There are many different approaches to treating obesity. The Obesity Medicine program offers patients multiple non-surgical options to achieve meaningful weight loss and improve their health. Patients can schedule a visit with a board-certified obesity medicine specialist, which will include a thorough evaluation of causes for obesity and obesity-related conditions. Patients will receive a comprehensive medically supervised treatment plan, including individualized nutritional and physical activity recommendations to support healthy lifestyle changes. In addition, some patients may benefit from treatment with medications that promote weight loss and improve metabolic health.

Who may benefit from an obesity program?
If your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 30, or greater than 27 with weight-related medical complications (such as diabetes, high-blood pressure, or sleep apnea), you may benefit from an obesity medicine program.

Some patients who have undergone bariatric surgery may start to have weight regain after a few years of successful weight loss. You may also benefit from an obesity medicine program to help support your goals.

What does the program entail?
You will receive an initial office visit with an obesity medicine physician. After this you will receive frequent office visits (often monthly) for an average of six visits or until you reach your goals. Some patients may benefit from staying in our program for a longer period of time

Is surgical weight loss available through the Weight Management Center?
The Weight Management Center of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) at University Hospital also offers a bariatric (weight loss) surgery program. Click here for more information on our Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery program.

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