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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 or alternative medicine supplements in an attempt to lose weight. However, to ensure long-term success, behavioral measures aimed at changing bad habits and eating patterns 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:

Doctors, psychotherapists, and dietitians can help a person with an eating disorder. Therapy can also help modify behavior and attitudes. Some people benefit from medication and support groups.