What is a Bariatrician?

What is a Bariatrician?A bariatrician, also known as a bariatric physician or more recently an obesity medicine specialist, is a licensed physician with detailed training in the many aspects of medicine that are affected by obesity. Because of the surprising complexity of the disease of obesity, it takes a specialized weight loss physician, a bariatrician, to help patients lose weight, maintain weight loss, and avoid medical conditions and complications that are often associated with being overweight or obese. A bariatrician is a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) who has received special education and training in bariatric medicine.

Obesity Medicine

Obesity medicine concentrates on the comprehensive medical treatment and procedures to combat excess weight and obesity and its associated comorbidities. It is a broad approach toward weight loss that includes lifestyle changes, dietary changes, nutrition education, behavioral counseling and physical activity, rather than fads or unproven diets. In addition, some bariatric patients are advised to use prescription medications, such as appetite suppressants, in order to aid their weight loss efforts.

As a weight loss specialist, a bariatrician uses an extensive treatment approach devoted to combating obesity in overweight or obese patients. Many patients who have in the past struggled to lose weight on their own find that they are successful in losing weight when guided by a bariatrician through a medical weight loss program.

Specialized Weight Loss Training

Any licensed physician has a fundamental knowledge concerning obesity and weight loss. However, not all such physicians have specialized weight loss knowledge. Nor do they often have the time to devote to helping their patients to lose weight. Because it is estimated that over 60 medical conditions are caused, or made worse by obesity, the specialty is extremely challenging and covers areas of medicine usually confined to the specialties of endocrinology, gastroenterology, cardiology and even psychology.

Bariatricians, who are members of the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) or American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), have endured rigorous training and education relating to weight loss, including continuing education and training after being certified.

Licenced bariatricians have undergone many hours of training in metabolism and obesity, and have sat for and passed a written and oral exam. They also have the knowledge and availability of specialized weight loss tools and techniques that a general practitioner physician may not have.

Many types of serious health conditions are associated with being overweight or obese. These include:

Instead of merely treating the symptoms or complications of these serious illnesses, a bariatrician treats the cause of the problem (being overweight or obese).

In Phoenix, Arizona, bariatricians are uniquely armed and equipped to treat patients who are overweight or obese and their associated medical conditions. A medical weight loss program supervised by a weight loss doctor is one of the safest and most effective ways to lose weight and maintain the weight loss.

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