It may be helpful for patients to chart their own history of weight changes over time. Working with patients to graph lifestyle events to body weight changes can promote an efficient and productive patient-centered discussion to help guide treatment decisions.1
A discussion on goal setting is a way to help your patients connect their goals with the changes they can make for better weight management. Align with your patients on realistic and individualized goals as a first step toward creating sustainable long-term changes.2
When discussing treatment for weight management with your patients, incorporating healthy eating and activity habits should always be included along with any potential discussion about medical or surgical options available.3
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