10. Why see a Board-Certified Weight Loss Specialist?

The American Board of Obesity Medicine is a specialty board that oversees the education and testing of physicians who desire board certification in bariatric medicine. Physicians are required to complete 60 hours of medical education, attend conferences, and pass a rigorous written exam. Board Certified doctors must continue their education and retest every 10 years. Dr. Mackey maintains her board certifications in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Obesity Medicine and stays up to date on the latest research through conferences and continuing medical education.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), patients with medical conditions or those needing to lose more than 15 pounds should seek physician treatment. These organizations use medical evidence to support their recommendations that treatment should include reduced calorie diets, increased physical activity, and intensive behavioral therapy. They also suggest the use of weight loss medications in the appropriate setting. The American Academy of Family Physicians agrees and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends referral for treatment to an Obesity Specialist when the patient’s BMI is greater than 40, the patient’s BMI is greater than 35 with health problems, or when the patient has not succeeded with other interventions. Any patient with a BMI over 25 is appropriate for intervention. Our comprehensive program at Salvéo offers these skilled services to meet each patient’s needs.

Because of their specialized training, the physicians will focus on ensuring that your weight loss is healthy. They can ensure that you preserve lean body weight (muscle), and provide a plan for weight loss maintenance. The Salvéo physicians and staff will identify any medical or psychological barriers to weight loss, treat plateaus and identify medical conditions that often accompany excess weight.