The Weight Loss Clinic is for people with obesity who want to lose weight by making dietary and lifestyle changes.
Being overweight is associated with many health problems. In the UK over half of adults are overweight.
There is no single way to lose weight that works for everyone. However, research has shown that people who make permanent changes to their eating habits and increase their physical activity are more successful at losing weight and maintaining it than people who use a ‘quick fix‘ solution.
The emphasis is on making dietary and behavioural changes which can be maintained in the long-term.
The team consists of a number of specialists, these are:
- Associate specialist doctor -specialist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Senior specialist dietitian -specialist in diet and nutrition
- Senior physiotherapist
At your first appointment the doctor or dietitian will carry out an initial assessment which will include discussion of the weight loss programme.
The weight loss programme includes regular individual sessions with either the dietitian or doctor, or both. We may also run a group programme for patients. We may also refer you to the physiotherapist for advice on exercise.
We can also look at some of the psychological issues related to obesity. We use a form of talking therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This therapy addresses unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, emotions and behaviour related to eating. The content of the programme is tailored to the needs of each person. The weight loss programme will aim to achieve a five to ten percent reduction in body weight and to be able maintain this loss for at least 12 months.
Patients who are suitable for this clinic include those who:
- Are over the age of 18 years.
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 30 and 40.
- Need a more intensive programme than simple dietary advice.
We do not see patients who are currently suffering from an eating disorder such as bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder.
If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 48 hours beforehand so we can offer your appointment to someone else. If you do not attend your appointment without telling us we may refer you back to your GP.
Following your treatment you will be referred back to your GP.
The RLHIM is also a teaching hospital and from time to time other healthcare professionals may observe in outpatient clinics as part of a training course. We will always ask your permission for students to sit in during your consultation. You do not have to have students present if you would prefer not to.