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Treatment by a physician may be necessary when an individual's own efforts to lose weight have failed and/or when co-existing medical conditions make it crucial for a person to lose weight. Prescription medication may be necessary for those having obesity-related health problems. Many people take over-the-counter supplements in an attempt to lose weight. However, to ensure long-term success, behavioral weight loss measures are an important part of any weight loss program. Behavioral strategies target unhealthy dietary habits and the incorporation of physical activity into daily life. Obesity-associated eating disorders require treatment by a therapist, and may also require medication.
Specific treatment for obesity will be determined by your physician based on:
Medical treatment for obesity includes, but is not limited to, the following: