As a service to enhance your health, the Family Medicine Center at the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center is pleased to announce an integrated Weight Loss Clinic for our own patients.

Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kilograms per meter squared or greater, is a major problem in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Obesity is associated with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, sleep disorders, mood disorders, several types of cancer, and gallbladder disease. Treating obesity is difficult. There are no quick fixes. Treatment requires a medical approach, combined with environmental and behavioral changes in eating and exercising. A multidisciplinary team is needed if you are to achieve sustainable weight loss.

Our goals are for you to lose weight, change behaviors, and have improved health. By the end of each six-month cycle we anticipate that you will lose an average of ≥ 7 % of your body weight, lose inches in waist circumference, show significant improvement in your quality of life, and have a significant reduction in pain. Your team consists of physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, and dietitians working with you to achieve these goals.

To qualify For the Weight Loss Clinic you must be 18 years of age or older and have a BMI of 30 or greater. You cannot be pregnant and be part of the weight loss clinic. To participate you must attend an orientation session, have baseline lab tests and measurements. The program involves visits with providers (physicians, PAs, NPs), with psychologists and with dietitians. The visits with the psychologists and dietitians are required if you wish to be prescribed weight loss medications.

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