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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for this appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with obesity?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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What medications are you taking (if any) for Obesity? (Optional)

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Most important questions to ask about Weight Control

Top 10 Questions about Weight Control

  1. What are the criteria for diagnosing obesity or being overweight? Is it based on Body Mass Index (BMI)?
  2. What causes weight gain and obesity?
  3. How will being overweight or obese affect my long-term health?
  4. What types of healthcare providers, such as a dietitian or counselor, can help me?
  5. Are there regular medical tests I need and if so, how often will I need them?
  6. What are my treatment options for being overweight or obese?
  7. What exercises and diet changes can I make and how do I stay with it?
  8. Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
  9. What results can I expect from my weight loss medication and how long will it take to start working?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my weight loss medication?
  1. What are the criteria for diagnosing obesity or being overweight? Is it based on Body Mass Index (BMI)?
  2. What causes weight gain and obesity?
  3. How will being overweight or obese affect my long-term health?
  4. Could my weight problem be caused by another medical condition or a medicine?
  5. What health problems are related to being overweight or obese?
  6. Are my children at risk of being overweight or obese?
  7. How can I cure or control my weight problem?
  8. What types of healthcare providers, such as a dietitian or counselor, can help me?
  9. Are there any symptoms related to my condition that should alert me to call you?
  10. Are there regular medical tests I need and if so, how often will I need them?
  11. What are my treatment options for being overweight or obese?
  12. What are my treatment options for my health conditions related to my weight?
  13. What exercises and diet changes can I make and how do I stay with it?
  14. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my weight problem?
  15. Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
  16. How can my family and friends support my treatment for being overweight or obese?
  17. What results can I expect from my weight loss medication and how long will it take to start working?
  18. Do I have to make diet and exercise changes if I'm taking weight loss medication?
  19. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  20. How long will I need to take my weight loss medication?
  21. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my weight loss medication?

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Top 10 Questions about Weight Control

  1. What are the criteria for diagnosing obesity or being overweight? Is it based on Body Mass Index (BMI)?
  2. What causes weight gain and obesity?
  3. How will being overweight or obese affect my long-term health?
  4. What types of healthcare providers, such as a dietitian or counselor, can help me?
  5. Are there regular medical tests I need and if so, how often will I need them?
  6. What are my treatment options for being overweight or obese?
  7. What exercises and diet changes can I make and how do I stay with it?
  8. Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
  9. What results can I expect from my weight loss medication and how long will it take to start working?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my weight loss medication?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: July 25, 20146 Copyright: © Copyright 2016 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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