Keeping Weight Off Long Term with Medical Professionals
Research shows that regular interaction with a health professional (physician,
nutritionist, etc) and monitoring of weight (approximately once a week), is linked
to greater weight loss and maintenance.
Patients with recent weight loss are at highest risk for weight re-gain so it is
important that patients frequently visit the program, especially during the first
months of treatment. Interacting with the staff will ensure that you are on the
right path for weight loss and if you start gaining weight, you will have a better
chance of keeping this in check. The doctor will regularly check your blood
pressure and heart to avoid any health risks associated with weight loss.
The Wharton Medical Clinic is an OHIP Covered Medical Weight Management Centre
run by a team of Internal Medicine Specialists. A referral from your physician is
required for an appointment.
Obesity is a complex disease that develops from the interaction of metabolic,
genetic, social, behavioral and cultural factors. This disease has significant impacts
on the health, psychological well-being, longevity and quality of life of those
affected. Encouraging society to view obesity as a disease that can be treated with
medical and surgical intervention requires education of caregivers, patients and
The WMC provides an evidence-based program that focuses on long term weight
management rather than just weight loss. The program is built on scientific
principles outlined in Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of
Obesity and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Guidelines on the
Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight.