A bariatric medicine doctor specializes in treating obesity and obesity-related diseases and conditions. Bariatricians provide medical, nonsurgical weight management. They focus on the overall health needs of people who are overweight (body mass index, or BMI, between 25 and 29.9) or obese (BMI of 30 or greater).
A bariatric specialist typically:
Evaluates your medical history including your previous attempts at weight loss
Performs a physical exam
Orders and interprets laboratory tests, EKGs (electrocardiograms), and body composition analyses
Diagnoses and treats obesity and weight-related health conditions
Prescribes medications and exercise therapy
Recommends dietary modifications and behavioral modification therapy
Provides referrals to weight loss surgeons
Bariatric medicine doctors may also be known by the following names: bariatrician, bariatric specialist, diet doctor, or weight loss doctor.
There are 582 specialists practicing Bariatric Medicine in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.3 stars. There are 479 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Bariatric Medicine specialists, including Edward Hospital - Main Campus, Hartford Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.