Being overweight can raise your risk of many health complications, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver, and some types of cancer. The health risks associated with being overweight makes obesity treatment essential for improving your health and quality of life. For people who are extremely obese, even modest amounts of weight loss can improve health problems associated with being overweight.

Causes & Symptoms

While increased physical activity and dietary changes can help shed excess weight, it is often behavioral changes that are necessary for successful long-term weight loss. Other physical conditions or some medications may contribute to weight gain or prevent you from increasing your physical activity making weight loss more difficult.

How We Can Help

Medical weight loss strategies help you gradually lose weight under the supervision of a doctor who can monitor your progress and design a weight loss program that will work for your specific needs. Your doctor will evaluate your eating and exercise habits, family history, review your current medications, check your hormone levels and consider any current physical conditions you may have before designing a weight loss strategy that will work for you. There are multiple options including diet, exercise, emotional support, weight loss medications and surgical interventions. 

With the help of the doctors at the Men’s Vitality Center, you can start your journey towards a healthy weight that not only benefits your body but your overall well-being. You can make an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe or Glendale with one of our internists. Our doctors look forward to meeting you!

Common Questions About Obesity

When should you see a doctor for weight management?

If you are trying to lose weight and are 100 pounds or more overweight, have a BMI of 40 or greater, or have illnesses that may prevent you from engaging in normal exercise you will want to consult your doctor before starting a diet or exercise program. Sudden changes in activity or diet can result in serious injury, so it is important to be under the supervision of a doctor. Additionally, if you have struggled to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight in the past, your doctor will be able to make recommendations and referrals to help you obtain the healthy weight and physique you strive for.

Why are you not losing weight even with diet and exercise?

There can be a number of reasons that prevent you from losing weight, even if you are following a diet and exercising. Not getting enough sleep or high levels of stress can prevent the body from shedding pounds. More serious conditions can also prevent weight loss. Hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, aging and depression can cause weight gain. Some medications can also cause weight gain due to increased hunger or fluid retention. Identifying the underlying cause of your weight gain or inability to lose the weight will help you to have better weight loss management.

What does medical weight loss do?

Medical weight loss is the process of losing weight under the guidance of a doctor that works with you to develop a plan that fits your goals and circumstances. This can include dietary and exercise plans, prescribed weight loss medications and supplements, or weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass. The doctor can also refer you to dieticians, weight loss specialists and support groups to help you be successful in your weight loss journey. Along the way your doctor will monitor your progress to make sure that you reach your ideal weight goals in a healthy way.

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