Woman building a health care team along with her primary care physician
Woman building a health care team along with her primary care physician

Building a Care Team

Everyone who lives with excess weight is challenged in different ways. Your care may involve more than one health care professional. Look at your specific challenges and build a care team that works with you.

Building a Care Team

Everyone who lives with excess weight is challenged in different ways. Your care may involve more than one health care professional. Look at your specific challenges and build a care team that works with you.

Weight and health are important

Discussing the ups and downs of your weight history may seem very personal but it is important. To best support your weight-management goals, a health care provider needs to know about significant changes in your weight, your personal triggers, and strategies you’ve tried in the past.

Your free, personalized TrueWeight® Report could be the first step to having the right kind of conversation with a qualified health care provider.

Seven out of ten health care professionals believe they should actively contribute to a patient's weight-loss efforts
Seven out of ten health care professionals believe they should actively contribute to a patient's weight-loss efforts

Obesity care: What to look for

Watch this short video for Dr. Kushner’s tips on what to expect from obesity care.

If you are comfortable and trust your healthcare provider, tell him or her how you feel. Tell him or her that it is not as simple as eating less and moving more. That there are multiple determinants when it comes to weight control and that partnering with someone to get support is vital. I would tell you there’s zero tolerance however for any shame or prejudice that goes on during the encounter.

Most healthcare providers are sensitive may not know how to bring up weight or be trained enough in weight management. If the healthcare provider is empathetic and concerned about your weight, that interaction should be positive. That partnering will lead to increased weight loss, long-term weight control and an improved therapeutic encounter with your healthcare provider. The bottom line is however, if you are uncomfortable with your healthcare provider, find someone else who you trust and is supportive.

And remember, good communication is a two-way street and if you’re prepared to have this conversation with your healthcare provider, remain positive… things are likely to go well.

Dr. Kushner provided input into the content of this material and was compensated for his time.

Getting the care you deserve

You want to find a health care partner who will treat you with empathy and respect. Finding someone who understands the science behind obesity and wants to be your partner in long-term weight management helps as well.

You may have a primary care doctor or specialist that’s approaching your weight management head-on, or your health care provider may find that weight is the one area that isn't being addressed. What other specialists might be important team members in your success story?

Obesity is unique. Unlike many other diseases, there is no single specialty that treats weight or obesity.

Your team may include

  • Empathetic health care providers who specialize in weight management and obesity care
  • A registered dietitian to help develop an eating plan that meets your needs
  • A support network to encourage and motivate you
  • A therapist or mental health provider to help explore emotional factors

Matt is living with obesity

Matt never really viewed his weight as a problem until he realized he could develop joint pain and other complications. He’s managing his weight now and says it’s due partly to access to healthier foods — but also access to medical support and treatment for obesity. He wants everyone to know that they deserve support on their weight-management journey.

“Obesity is a disease and it's okay. It can be necessary to seek help from your health care professional like you would for any other medical issue.”

Matt is living with obesity

Matt never really viewed his weight as a problem until he realized he could develop joint pain and other complications. He’s managing his weight now and says it’s due partly to access to healthier foods — but also access to medical support and treatment for obesity. He wants everyone to know that they deserve support on their weight-management journey.

“Obesity is a disease and it's okay. It can be necessary to seek help from your health care professional like you would for any other medical issue.”

What you should know before talking to a health care provider about your weight

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