Why Practice Obesity Medicine?

Obesity medicine clinicians are specially trained in the medical treatment and management of obesity. Using evidence-based approaches, obesity medicine clinicians help patients lose weight, keep it off, and improve their overall health.

Watch this series of videos to find out more about what obesity medicine clinicians do.

Olakitan Akinjagunla and Krishna Doniparthi
Drs. Olakitan Akinjagunla (center) and Krishna Doniparthi (right)
Spencer Berry
Dr. Spencer Berry
Carolynn Francavilla
Dr. Carolynn Francavilla
Amy Ingersoll and Robert Huster
Amy Ingersoll (left) and Dr. Robert Huster (right)
Susan Isensee
Dr. Susan Isensee (second from right)
Carl Knopke, Andrea Bretal, SangAe Kim-Park, and Ethan Lazarus
Drs. Carl Knopke, Andrea Bretal, SangAe Kim-Park, and Ethan Lazarus
Scot Kolsin and Pamela Lyon
Drs. Scot Kolsin (left) and Pamela Lyon (right)
Eric Westman
Dr. Eric C. Westman

Every day, more and more health professionals choose to practice obesity medicine. Many physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants incorporate obesity medicine into their current practices, while others make the switch to practicing obesity medicine full time. Obesity medicine clinicians are dedicated to preventing, treating, and reversing the disease of obesity.

Obesity affects more than one-third of adults in the U.S. It is at the heart of many chronic medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer. In 2013, the American Medical Association declared obesity a chronic disease state.

Reasons to Practice Obesity Medicine

While an increasing number of health professionals specialize in obesity medicine or have integrated it into their practice, there is still a need to grow the field. Here are several reasons you should consider practicing obesity medicine:

  • TREAT the root cause of many chronic medical conditions and see other conditions reverse as a result.
  • MAKE a measurable and sustainable difference in the lives of patients, many of whom have found little success elsewhere.
  • BE at the forefront of fighting the disease of obesity.
  • BUILD rewarding, lasting relationships with patients.
  • REMOVE medications from patients’ regimens rather than add them.
  • EXPAND your practice and follow an alternative, rewarding career path.