Obesity treatments range from simple diet & exercise programs to surgical intervention.
- Diet & exercise in combination
- Behavioural therapy
- Pharmacology (medications including phentermine, diethylpropion, orlistat & sibutramine)
Non-surgical options are only moderately effective for long term weight loss
Duration Follow Up
|Diet & Lifestyle||< 5kg||2 – 4 years|
|Drug Theory||5 – 10kg||1 -2 years|
|Surgery||25 – 75kg||2 – 4 years|
NHMRC, Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Government, Canberra, 2003
Douketis JD, et al, Systematic review of long-term weight loss studies in obese adults: clinical significance and applicability to clinical practice. International Journal of Obesity 2005; 29:1153-67
Requested Medicare items processed for bariatric procedures 2013.