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Obesity Treatments

Learn about the various ways to treat obesity in this Howcast video.

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Let's talk about the different treatment options for obesity. We'll talk about, first diet and exercise, we can talk about medications, and lastly, surgery as an option to treat obesity. Diet and exercise is a means to lose weight. However, for many people it's very difficult, not only to lose the weight, but to keep it off. For example, many of my patients will lose 30 lbs over the course of a year, but one year after that they've gained that back plus another 30.

So while diet and exercise does work for a lot of people, it's also very difficult for others. There's also weight loss medications. Medications are designed really to help curb your hunger or maybe to help increase your metabolism. There are some side effects associated with medications, so again, make sure you speak with your doctor. The third treatment option for obesity is surgery. Weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery is a viable option for many people.

There are a few different surgeries that are available to people to help them lose weight. You must have a certain BMI to meet the qualifications for surgery. For example, your BMI must be 40 or greater or 35 or greater, with an obesity related illness. These surgeries are things such as the lap band, the gastric sleeve, or the gastric bypass. You must be healthy enough to undergo a major operation, so make sure you speak with your doctor to see if surgery is an option for you. Those are three different treatment options for obesity.

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