Multidisciplinary Management
of Obesity and Related Disorders

Medical Weight Management Program

COVID-19 UPDATE

Medical Weight Management Program is making every effort to minimize the risk of viral transmission to our patients and our staff while still assisting those who have been referred to our program. We are still accepting referrals from physicians and our program is running fully with the changes outlined below. Since patients can now access our program online, referrals are being accepted from anywhere in BC. 

1) Group medical visits will be carried out online via live webinars, and there will not be any in-person groups until further notice. There is no charge to patients for medically supervised groups, and all of the previously scheduled groups will take place as scheduled.

Getting connected to our webinar groups is very simple, and there are dedicated staff members available to help patients who are having difficulty connecting to the webinars. So far, patients are really enjoying the groups this way, and many prefer this over the in-person groups. The live webinars have a chatroom so you can ask questions while the presentation is going on, and this makes the groups very interactive. Doctors are still present during the group webinars and are available to answer questions and deal with problems.  

2) Initial consultations with our internal medicine specialists will be now be conducted through a secure internet video platform. This is called Face to Face Telemedicine. Since you are talking to the doctor face to face, it is very similar to an in person doctor visit. Of course physical exams cannot be done this way and this is an important part of a consultation with a specialist. Because of the need to stay away from rooms full of people right now, physical examinations and most laboratory work will be done later, when COVID-19 precautions have been lifted. There are some cases when procedures must be done or physical exams conducted for more urgent matters and these encounters will be scheduled as required. 

3) Follow up visits with our internal medicine physicians, family physicians, respiratory therapist, dietitians, health coaches and exercise specialists will be mostly carried out online through face to face telemedicine. We use a secure internet connection for these visits. Patients must have a smartphone, tablet or computer for these visits. There are dedicated staff to make sure that you can get set up and used to this type of appointment. Once patients have experienced telemedicine visits, they tend to prefer these over a visit to a doctor's office and waiting in a waiting room.  

3) Patients referred to our program from other areas of the province may now participate in our program.  Since our program is now fully online, and available at no charge to patients, we are able to serve anyone in need from anywhere in the province. The only requirement is a stable connection to the internet, and a smart phone, tablet or computer with headset and microphone. Patients who are referred from anywhere in the province can connect to our groups, and have one on one visits with our doctors and support staff through our secure internet platform.   




Weight Can be a Serious Matter

If weight gain is causing serious problems with your health, your mobility or your ability to enjoy the fullness of your life, you may need professional help.

Perhaps You Have Lost Weight Only to Regain it Later?

Weight loss alone may not be enough to bring about lasting improvements in your weight and your health. If you have gained a significant amount of weight, hormonal, neurological, and metabolic changes occur that “memorize” your new higher weight. Scientists call this the “set point”. Because of this set point, if you lose weight, your body and brain will fight back, eventually resulting in weight regain – unless you get effective professional help. 

Serious Weight Problems Require Serious and Sustained Treatment

Decades of worldwide research has made it evident that obesity is complex medical, metabolic and, often mental health related condition that needs long term, evidence-based treatment. Without effective and sustained treatment it tends to get worse rather than better. Diet programs, crash diets and fad diets rarely lead to lasting benefits. Many people struggling with obesity have lost weight and regained it several times in their life. Perhaps you are one of these people and you blame yourself? 

Obesity is Rarely a Simple Problem

Blaming and shaming doesn’t motivate anyone and it has no place in the effective management of obesity. A multitude of problems have led to the obesity epidemic and successful treatment requires understanding the root causes of weight problems in each person. Genetics, cultural influences, food industry marketing, childhood trauma, depression, stress, lack of food skills and nutritional knowledge, medical illnesses, weight-promoting medications and chronic pain are just a few of the many factors that can lead to serious weight problems. Each person has their own story and each person has a different collection of reasons for their struggle with weight.

Effective Treatment Should Begin with a Proper Evaluation

In a sense, the approach we take with each patient is more like assembling a jigsaw puzzle than promoting a diet plan. The first step in our program involves a thorough medical evaluation by an internal medicine specialist. Medications that promote weight gain are identified and medical conditions associated with weight are carefully evaluated. As patients progress in the program, problems that interfere with weight management such as depression, food addiction, excessive stress and sleep apnea are identified and patients are directed towards programs to assist them in overcoming these various problems.

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

Note: This is not a cosmetic weight loss program and is only available to patients who require long-term weight management for significant medical and/or psychosocial reasons and who are referred by a physician.

 

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 or connect with your doctor online and have them fax or call in the referral

Referral Form Download (PDF | Microsoft Word)

 

Learn More About our Program

 

Why Seek Medical Help For Managing Weight

 

Why is it so Difficult to Lose Weight and Keep it Off?

 


 

 

 

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