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Talking to Your Doctor About Obesity
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with obesity. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Your Risk of Developing Complications
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
About Your Outlook
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Last reviewed February 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 3/15/2015
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