Medical Treatment for Obesity

Medical Treatment for Obesity

Medical treatment overview

Treatment by a doctor may be necessary when an individual's own efforts to lose weight have failed and/or when coexisting medical conditions make it crucial for a person to lose weight. Prescription medication may be necessary for those with obesity-related health problems. Many people take over-the-counter supplements in an attempt to lose weight. However, to ensure long-term success, behavioral weight loss measures are an important part of any weight loss program. Behavioral strategies target unhealthy dietary habits and incorporate physical activity into daily life. Obesity-associated eating disorders require treatment by a therapist, and may also require medication.

Specific treatment for obesity will be determined by your doctor based on:

Types of medical treatment for obesity

Medical treatment for obesity includes, but is not limited to, the following:

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