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How do I Choose the Best Obesity Treatment Center?

Lainie Petersen
Lainie Petersen

If you are struggling with obesity, choosing a good obesity treatment center can be a key part of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Your choice of an obesity treatment center should be made after considering your budget, your schedule flexibility, your weight loss goals, your willingness to undergo surgery, and in some cases your religious or spiritual beliefs. You should also take the time to speak to representatives of different obesity treatment centers and check out their reputations before making a financial or time commitment.

There can be a lot of money involved in treating obesity, so it's important to find a clinic with a good track record in obesity treatment. Your personal physician may be able to recommend an obesity treatment center, as may friends, personal trainers, or leaders of weight loss support groups. Never choose an obesity rehab center simply on the basis of its website or brochures; ask about the credentials of its director and staff members and take the time to verify the legitimacy of these credentials. For example, an inpatient obesity treatment center should have medical professionals on staff along with a credentialed dietitian. Staff members offering counseling or therapy should likewise have appropriate mental health credentials.

An obesity treatment center helps people lose weight.
An obesity treatment center helps people lose weight.

If you have a choice between an inpatient or outpatient obesity treatment program, it's a good idea to review your finances and your insurance before making a choice. You may want to call your insurance company to find out if they will cover obesity treatments. If you are considering an inpatient program, you may need to take time off of work or make arrangements for the care of your home or children. It's a good idea to ask if an obesity treatment center has a religious or spiritual orientation so you don't end up feeling uncomfortable once you've started the program.

Obesity may increase risk of heart attack.
Obesity may increase risk of heart attack.

One crucial aspect of choosing an obesity treatment center is to determine whether or not the staff recommends or supports a specific method of weight loss. While obesity surgery is available in many places, it is a life-changing option that is not for everyone. If the obesity treatment center exists primarily to prepare people for weight loss surgery, you may want to look into alternative programs so you can learn about different options. On the other hand, if a treatment center seems to have a strong exercise and fitness component, and you are unable or unwilling to exercise, you may find your tenure there to be a failure. Consider investigating different approaches to losing weight and finding a treatment center that offers several options or that focuses on the option that makes the most sense to you.

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@KoiwiGal - This is going to seem pessimistic but I just don't think it's possible for obesity to be treated. There are so few cases of people who have managed to take off weight and keep it off for any amount of time.

I don't know if I would spend money on attending a place like this. I'd rather work on being healthy than necessarily being thin.


@Mor - It's true that some people have mental disorders or issues that are linked with food, but for the most part people eat for a multitude of ordinary reasons. Because they are bored. Because they are hungry. Or out of habit even.

I don't think it's fair or helpful to accuse everyone who is overweight with being emotionally out of control because that's not actually often the case. The human body is made to eat as much as possible because we are animals and our bodies just can't be sure when the next meal is coming around. In the modern world that doesn't work so well, but it's not surprising that we haven't adapted to that yet.

A good obesity treatment center is going to work out the best way for the individual to get what they want, regardless of what is holding them back.


If you are looking for a good treatment center make sure you pick one that will help you work on your emotional issues surrounding food, with counseling or some other kind of therapy. I don't really think that people can truly change their eating and exercising habits until they get to the core of what drives them to overeat. And to do that they need to investigate their inner lives, rather than just working on the outside.

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