The weight loss programme offers regular individual sessions with the dietitian or doctor, or both. The content of the sessions is tailored to the needs of the individual. The dietitian will discuss the nutritional aspects of weight loss whilst focusing on achievable goals. The doctor can look at some of the psychological issues related to obesity, using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to look at unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, emotions and behaviours around food and eating. Some patients will also see the physiotherapist for help regarding physical activity, and/or the physician for physical health issues related to obesity. We may also run a group programme for some patients.
The weight loss programme will aim to achieve a five to ten percent reduction in body weight which is maintained at 12 months. Patients who achieve this are offered 4 further appointments in our weight maintenance clinic over the next year.