What is obesity?
Obesity is a condition that is associated with having an excess of body fat, defined by genetic and environmental factors that are difficult to control when dieting. Obesity is classified as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater. If a person is diagnosed with obesity, he or she has a body weight greater than what is considered to be healthy and is likely to eventually encounter health problems.
What are the benefits of losing weight?
Weight loss not only helps people feel and look better, but the changes that occur inside the body make all the difference.
Successful weight loss patients experience dramatic improvements in their health including:
- Increased energy levels, sense of wellbeing and self-esteem
- Decreased stress
- Improved blood sugars and diabetes control
- Improved cholesterol levels
- Decreased joint pain
- Improved sleeping habits
- Improved libido
- Overall health improvements
Many of these health improvements occur with as little as 5-10% weight loss (10 to 20 pound weight loss for a 200 pound person).
Our customized program is physician-directed backed by scientific research and evidence; however, success relies heavily on the patient’s commitment to the program and lifestyle. Elements of weight loss, exercise and healthy nutrition, medications to control appetite, optimization of sleep habits and stress management are combined through an interdisciplinary team approach.
Once the weight loss plan has been determined and customized, the patient will have frequent visits with the provider/physician and the dietitian. Additionally, an exercise physiology team assists with addressing cardiac fitness and developing a personalized exercise program, while a psychology team helps manage stress, anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Inadequate sleep, obstructive sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders can hinder the weight loss process. Patients with symptoms of OSA or other sleep disorders are referred to a sleep specialist for diagnosis and management.
Each patient receives support from others involved in the program through Shared Medical Appointments. The Shared Medical Appointment provides a unique approach to the weight loss program by bringing the healthcare providers and patients together in a group setting to discuss common medical issues, challenges and successes. Throughout the 75 minute session, questions and concerns are addressed from the entire healthcare team, while patients receive positive support from peers also participating in the program.
Lastly, your physician may prescribe weight loss medications to assist in suppressing and controlling your appetite throughout the day. When people start to lose weight, there is often an increase in the blood levels of hormones, proven to increase hunger. Appetite suppressants significantly help balance the increased appetite that accompanies weight loss. The medications are discussed in detail before starting therapy.
How is this program different?
At Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Weight Management Program, we recognize the challenges associated with being obese and understand the consequences and how obesity affects the body. We draw on our research, knowledge and compassion to create a plan that is suited to meet each person’s needs. Our program is based on scientific studies that we have previously researched and published.
Individuals struggling with obesity may often try crash dieting or experiment with unhealthy fad diets; therefore, our customized, medically monitored weight loss program promotes healthy habits to last a lifetime. Weight loss is not easy and it requires a personal commitment, but you will have support, guidance, structure and information.
Appointments & Locations
To schedule an appointment, please call 216.444.3672.