The causes of obesity are very complex. There are environmental and personal factors, habits, and physiological factors that increase body weight and fat. Lack of physical activity and sleep are also related to obesity. Treatment of obesity should be individualized for each patient. Some individuals are able to lose weight and through lifestyle change able to maintain the weight loss. Others have a history of weight loss and regain, and may benefit from the use of medications to aid in weight loss and maintenance. For these people, anti-obesity medications may be a useful adjunct to the new habits and lifestyle that the person is trying to make. When used with medical monitoring, diet, exercise, and behavior modification, they can help with weight loss and maintenance.
Medications can help if a person is dealing with a great deal of hunger or obsessing about a particular food. Some anti-obesity medications work on parts of the brain that are responsible for hunger and satiety, and are helpful with portion control. Another type of anti-obesity medication blocks the fat in the food which is eaten. Only FDA-approved weight loss medications are prescribed at the Central Ohio Nutrition Center.
The first two years of weight maintenance are critical for the long-term success of keeping the weight off. Talk to your CONCI dietitian and physician to see if you would be a candidate for weight loss medications. Some people are not able to use them due to their medical history. Although not for everyone, anti-obesity medications can be beneficial for some!