Talking to Your Doctor About Obesity
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and background with obesity. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
Tips for Getting Information
Here are some tips that will make it simpler for you to talk to your doctor:
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Your Risk of Health Problems
About Lifestyle Changes
About Your Outlook
Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline on pharmacological management of obesity can be found in J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2015 Feb;100(2):342-362.
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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 2/9/2021
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