Obesity is a complex, lifelong disease, influenced by genetic, physiological,
environmental, psychological, social, economic, and political factors, which
should be treated by health care professionals.1 As a health care professional, you are uniquely qualified to initiate and guide your patients through the process of weight loss, weight maintenance, and better health.
- Physician-initiated discussions and advice regarding weight loss encourage
patients to change their behavior2
- Collaboration, counseling, and medical support from health care
professionals helps patients achieve clinically significant weight loss2
- Achieving and maintaining weight loss requires long-term intervention3
Simply by recognizing the complexities of excess weight and the implications of addressing the condition, you are ready to help your patients improve their weight, and as a result, their health.
Use the resources on this page to learn about guiding your conversations with patients.