Learn more about Bariatric Medicine Specialists and how to choose the right one for you

Learn more about Bariatric Medicine Specialists

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 508 specialists practicing Bariatric Medicine in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.3 stars. There are 448 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Bariatric Medicine specialists, including Edward Hospital - Main Campus, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Bailey Medical Center.

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