Bariatric medicine

Dr. Shiva Gupta is the medical director of Primary Care-WoburnDo you want to lose weight, but don't know how to start your weight loss journey? Shiva Gupta, MD, Medical Director at Tufts Medical Center Primary Care-Woburn explains how bariatric medicine can help, who is a good candidate and what to do to prepare for appointments and treatment.  

What is bariatric medicine?

Bariatric medicine is a newly emerging branch of medicine that specializes in the prevention and treatment of obesity and excess weight.

How can a patient prepare for a meeting with a bariatric specialist?

The initial meeting and assessment will start with a review of your medical history. The specialists may ask you about your weight history, dietary habits, exercise patterns, sleep patterns, stressors and more. To prepare for this meeting, you can record a 24-hour food log and think about your goals for weight loss.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for bariatric treatment?

Your height and weight can help you calculate your body mass index (BMI), which will determine if you are considered overweight or obese and would be a candidate for treatment. If your BMI isn’t above 27, it is still important to talk to your doctor about regular exercise and diet options to help prevent crossing into that BMI range. 

What are my options if I don't want weight loss surgery?

Your weight is not as simple as calories in, calories out! It is a result of multiple complex factors that a bariatrician can evaluate and work with you to create a plan to help lose excess weight. The Tufts Medical Center Weight and Wellness Center in Boston also offers many medical weight loss and surgical weight loss options.