What 30 Seconds with a Doctor Can Do for YouPosted: October 18, 2016 in Obesity Medicine by Craig Primack MD FACP
There is a substantial amount of evidence that shows participating in a medical weight loss program is a more effective way to lose weight than attempting to lose weight on your own. When you break it down, the reasons as to why medical weight loss programs work better makes sense. When you participate in a medical weight loss program you receive benefits that aren’t available otherwise, like ongoing guidance and support from a medical weight loss doctor, access to medical support and interventions like weight loss medications, and a proven program that is designed to help you achieve the results you are looking for.
Of all the benefits that come from medical weight loss, there is new evidence that the perks of being able to meet with a doctor may be the most beneficial aspect of the medical weight loss program.
Researchers at the University of Oxford have found that speaking with a general physician about weight loss for just 30 seconds in a standard office visit can lead to significant weight loss results, especially when that conversation leads to a referral to a medical weight loss program.
Considering that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, a considerably low percentage of general physicians report bringing up weight issues or weight loss during a standard office visit. For many doctors, the idea of bringing up weight loss opens the door to being offensive, and they report they would rather not bring up the subject at all, unless the patient brings it up themselves. But the problem is that many patients choose not to bring up their weight, as it is often looked at as a personal or aesthetic issue instead of the medical concern that it really is.
Just talking about weight loss with your doctor for 30 seconds isn’t going to deliver huge results. Instead, the Oxford researchers really emphasized that the best thing a primary care doctor can do for their patients is to refer them to a medical weight loss program. Only medical weight loss programs have the ongoing support, guidance and tools to help you achieve lasting weight loss results.
While meeting with your general practice physician is a great place to start, you don’t have to wait for your annual appointment to begin making healthy changes in your life. Contact us to learn more about medical weight loss programs that can work for you.