Tips for Bringing Weight Loss Up With Your Doctor

Tips for Bringing Weight Loss Up With Your Doctor


This article is for people who are living with obesity or overweight, or anyone who's interested in learning more about their weight and their health. The goal of this episode is to help people feel more comfortable with bringing weight loss up with their doctor.

You will learn about:

  • Why you might need medical care to help you lose weight

  • The importance of finding a doctor who knows how to help you

  • Tips for bringing up weight loss with your doctor and healthcare team

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Tips for Bringing Weight Loss Up With Your Doctor

Weight loss can be a sensitive subject for many people. But you are not alone in your weight loss journey. It is important to find a doctor or healthcare team member with whom you are comfortable talking about your weight, and who knows how to help you. If your doctor cannot help you, ask them to refer you to someone who can.

Some people can see their family doctor or a nutritionist, but others may benefit from seeing a doctor who is trained in obesity medicine and understands how to treat the different aspects that can affect your weight.

Even if you're not ready right now, be open to having conversations with your doctor. At each visit, ask questions and talk about different options that could help you lose weight, so that when you are ready, you can commit to your weight loss plan 100%.

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Authors and Disclosures


Donna H. Ryan, MD

Professor EmeritaPennington Biomedical Research CenterBaton Rouge, Louisiana Disclosure: Donna H. Ryan, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:Consultant or advisor for: Altimmune; Amgen; Boehringer Ingelheim; Calibrate; Carmot; Epitomee Medical; Gila Therapeutics; ifa Celtics; Lilly; Novo Nordisk; Real Appeal (UnitedHealthcare); Scientific Intake; Wondr Health; Xeno Bioscience; Ysopia Bioscience; ZealandSpeaker or member of speakers bureau for: Academy of Continued Healthcare Learning; Continuing Ed Co.; Encore Medical Education; Medflix; Medical Learning Institute; Novo Nordisk; PeerView; PeerVoice; Potomac Center for Medical Education; PSL Group; Tarsus Cardio; Vindico Medical EducationStock options from: Calibrate; Epitomee Medical; Roman; Scientific IntakeOther: Data Safety Monitoring Board for IQVIA


Asha P. Gupta, PharmD, RPh

Medical Education Director, Medscape, LLC. Asha P. Gupta, PharmD, RPh, has no relevant financial relationships.


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