Your Doctor Can Help

There is nobody more motivated or qualified to help you reach your health goals than your Doctor.

Speak to your Doctor about prescription medication that can help with your appetite.

Your Doctor can offer an evidence-based approach to weight management. Unlike fad diets and weight loss gimmicks, your weight management plan will be based on science, making it both achievable and maintainable. Your treatment plan will depend on how overweight or obese you are, your overall health and your level of motivation to make changes to your lifestyle and complete a treatment program.

When you talk to your Doctor, it is important to be honest about your level of concern about your health, what you have done to try and lose weight in the past, how much your everyday life is affected by your weight and how committed you are to making long-term lifestyle changes.

You may want to ask your Doctor about the science behind weight gain, possible health risks for you related to your weight, what the treatment options are, how long treatment will last and how much weight you can realistically expect to lose.

Understanding your condition and treatment options can help you take control and make positive changes to manage your weight.

Remember you are not alone. In South Africa, it is estimated that nearly 70 % of women and 31 % of men are either overweight or obese. Your Doctor is likely to have had conversations with obese and overweight patients many times before.

If you’ve tried diet and exercise alone, ask your Doctor how prescription medicine could help.