Multidisciplinary Management
of Obesity and Related Disorders

Medical Weight Management Program

ALL REQUIRED COSTS ARE COVERED BY BC MEDICAL SERVICES PLAN (MSP)

 

A Message from Dr. Michael Lyon to Physicians and Patients: 
Medical Weight Management Program's Approach to Obesity Management
 

Our Mission:

The Medical Weight Management Program provides a collaborative, evidence-based, patient-centered approach to assess and treat patients with obesity. Our multidisciplinary team works together to improve the health and quality of life of patients whose physical and/or psychological health is significantly impaired by their weight.

What We Do:

Medical Weight Management is open to patients whose health is significantly impacted by their weight. Our clinic assesses and treats patients by physician referral only.  In order to be admitted to our clinic, a patient's family doctor must determine that their health would significantly benefit from medically supervised, lifelong weight management.  

After being referred, patients will be thoroughly assessed by our medical team to review their medical, nutritional and behavioral background. Patients with diabetes and other more complex needs may be seen by our endocrinologist. This team will follow the progress of the patient for as long as the patient continues to come to the clinic. 

Our diagnostic approach and our program is based upon the "5-A's of Obesity Management" as described and taught by the Canadian Obesity Network. Our initial assessment of each patient involves determining not just a patient's BMI, but rather the full impact that their excess weight has on their health, their psychological well being and their mobility. Rather than focussing just on weight and BMI, we determine each patient's stage of obesity based upon the EDMONTON OBESITY STAGING SYSTEM

We endeavor to understand each patient thoroughly as a unique individual, and to determine the various reasons for each person's weight gain and the barriers that might impede their ability to successfully manage their weight. Through the course of our program, patients develop many insights and accumulate skills that help empower them to make lasting changes.

This is an intensive lifestyle modification program where the bulk of the visits take the form of in-person group medical visits. Group medical visits are interactive, educational and skill-based sessions that are an integral part of the patients' care. Group sizes vary but certain groups are 50-80 patients and others are less than 30 depending on the session topic. Patients will always have the opportunity to share their successes, discuss their challenges and speak with a physician who is always present to oversee the group medical visit.

That being said, we do receive referrals from physicians and work alongside patients from all over the province of British Columbia. These circumstances will involve additional costs as out of town patients are often unable to attend in-person group medical visits that are covered by MSP. These costs are there to cover non-MSP services such as dietitian visits, access to videos, and attending group medical visits via webinars.

The success of our program is dependent upon full participation of the patient. If a patient attends consistently, participates in the sessions, reviews the materials at home and applies the knowledge and skills learned in the group medical visits, they usually find that this program is transformative and life changing. Because obesity is a chronic medical disease and requires chronic disease management, the program really never ends. Minimizing further weight gain, maintaining weight or maintaining weight loss is a lifetime commitment and we are here to provide lifelong support to help patients achieve long term benefits from a healthier new way of life. Our goal is to meet each patient many years later and to see them happier and healthier than when we first met. 

Medical consultations, physical exams, in-person group medical visits and laboratory tests are covered by the British Columbia Medical Services Plan.  

 

To Become a Patient:

If you are interested in becoming a patient, please ask for a referral from your family doctor. Referral forms are available from this website. Download referral form below, print the form and take this to your doctor

Referral Form Download (PDF | Microsoft Word)

Learn More About our Program

 

EMOTIONALLY DRIVEN EATING BEHAVIOUR? DEPRESSED? ANXIOUS? BINGE EATING?

 

We are now affiliated with the Canadian Mental Health Association and are offering an 8 week Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based program called "LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL".

Dr. Lyon is a physician who is trained and experienced in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and he is a Canadian Mental Health Association facilitator for this program, along with other Living Life To the Full facilitator trained staff members.

Note: This 8 week course is offered a few times throughout the year.  We will provide more information to patients once they are part of the program.

 

 

WHAT IS OBESITY? WHY IS LIFELONG TREATMENT (AND NOT JUST WEIGHT LOSS) SO ESSENTIAL? THIS VIDEO MIGHT SURPRISE YOU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UwMgJwBt7Y

 


 

 

 

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