From the US Food and Drug Administration
Before a medical device is recommended, doctors will probably want their patients to have tried lifestyle changes that include healthy eating and increased physical activity.
Even if a person is prescribed an obesity treatment device, he or she still must make lifestyle changes.
- How is obesity measured?
- Which devices has the FDA approved to treat obesity?
- What else should you know—and how can you report device problems?
If your health care provider finds that you’re overweight or obese, you’re not alone. More than 68 percent of U.S. adults are considered overweight, according to federal statistics. And close to 36 percent of those are considered obese.
Obesity is linked to health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. And since losing weight starts with healthy eating and exercise, your health care provider can give advice on lifestyle changes that can help.
In general, when diet and exercise are not effective, weight loss treatments can include prescription medications, invasive surgery, and medical devices.
All have risks and benefits. [Read more…]