Skill Checkup: A 43-Year-Old Woman Gains Weight After the Initial Weight Loss Achieved With Diet and Exercise

Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA, FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FAMWA, FTOS; Evelyn S. Marienberg, MD


November 14, 2023

If a patient loses at least 5% of their body weight (after 3 months of therapy), the medication is continued and considered effective. Further, this weight loss percentage decreases the risk for or ameliorates obesity-related comorbidities and cardiovascular risk factors for many patients.

After much discussion, the patient raises concerns about poor tolerability with "diet pills." She enquires about bariatric surgery and if she would be a good candidate.


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