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Treatment and appointment options

Treatment options

A discussion about clinical weight management should help patients to understand:

  • Treatment options available
  • Potential positive impact on weight-related comorbidities
  • Realistic treatment goals and expectations

Developing individualized treatment plans

Like goal setting, the pace of treatment that each patient follows, whether for weight loss or weight maintenance, should depend upon individual factors.1

Consider each patient’s weight history and current situation to determine a follow-up plan for treatment.

Follow-up plans should include2:

  • Assistance in identifying additional drivers and barriers for weight change
  • Provision of credible educational resources
  • Referrals to appropriate health care professionals
  • Scheduling weight-management appointments (see below for additional guidance)

Discussing Treatments

Some talking points and questions you can consider:

  • Developing healthy eating habits is a significant part of weight-loss treatment. It’s important to make the kinds of changes you can stick to over the long term.
  • To help you accomplish your goals, let’s discuss your daily food intake and some changes you can make to facilitate weight management. One of the best ways to begin is to write down or track everything you eat and drink each day in a journal or by using technology. What kinds of experiences do you have with tracking and recording?
  • We can also discuss some of the medical options available for you.
  • We are here as a team to help you create the right plan and assist you as you progress toward achieving your goals.

Scheduling Weight-Management Appointments

Patients who are overweight or obese have a lifelong disease that will need frequent and ongoing appointments to monitor progress and make adjustments to treatment as necessary.

Evidence indicates that frequent face-to-face visits to discuss behavioral changes can have significant positive effects on weight management and complications.3

Also in Talking With Patients:


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  1. Kushner RF. Clinical assessment and management of adult obesity. Circulation. 2012;126(24):2870-2877.
  2. Vallis M, Piccinini-Vallis H, Sharma AM, Freedhoff Y. Modified 5 As: Minimal intervention for obesity counseling in primary care. Can Fam Physician. 2013;59:27-31.
  3. Jensen MD, Ryan DH, Apovian CM, et al; American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines; Obesity Society. 2013 AHA/ACC/TOS guideline for the management of overweight and obesity in adults: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and The Obesity Society. Circulation. 2014;129(25 Suppl 2):S102-S138