University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Adult Medicine


Dr. Aviva Asnis-Alibozek, PA-C, DFAAPA


Obesity is a common health concern within the primary care setting. Patients rely on their primary care provider for guidance on weight loss options. This manuscript discusses behavioral and lifestyle, pharmacological, and surgical interventions for weight loss. Calorie reduction and exercise are recommended for any weight loss plan. Complimentary options include prescription medications or an ingestible weight loss device. Some of these are FDA approved to use for up to 12 weeks, and others are approved for long-term use. Weight loss surgery is another modality that is appropriate for some individuals with obesity. A primary care provider’s understanding of these different options will help to inform and steer the patient toward the most suitable options for them.


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