Center for Digestive Disorders
Nutrition and Weight Management
As national leaders in nutrition and weight management, physicians and staff in our Nutrition and Weight Management practice offer medical, nutritional and surgical expertise, and the support and understanding patients need to achieve their goals.
In the Weight Management Program, the CDD offers several innovative, medically supervised approaches that can be tailored to individual needs and goals. All diets are medically safe and closely monitored by a physician. Some diets involve supplemented fasts for rapid weight loss; others are balanced-calorie, low-fat, high-fiber approaches for slower rates of weight loss. Pharmacotherapy can be coupled with a balanced diet for enhanced weight loss.
Patients who weigh 100 pounds or more above their ideal weight are considered extremely obese. They are at higher risk for diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease. We consult with BMC colleagues daily and refer patients for specialized care, if needed. If these patients have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise or pharmacological therapy, they may be considered for a standard open or laparoscopic gastric bypass operation.
Every weight loss option is part of a comprehensive plan that may include an exercise program. Patients are encouraged to attend group sessions led by a registered and licensed dietician to learn behavior modification skills that will lead to lifestyle changes that are essential to losing weight, and keeping it off.
Diagnostic and Treatment Options Include:
- Anti-obesity medications
- Balanced calorie diet
- Low-fat, high-fiber approaches for slower rates of weight loss
- Gastric bypass surgery
- Education, behavior modification and group support
- Maintenance program
- Structured exercise program prescriptions
- Supplemented fasts for rapid weight loss