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It is what it is: a disease. Obesity is characterised by being overweight, which has a negative impact on your physical, mental and metabolic health. Obesity also increases the risk of diabetes, heart failure, arthritis and depression.

Prof. Dr. Sharma, auf Adipositas Behandlung spezialisierter Arzt.

Obesity. A physical or mental matter?

One part of the brain, the hypothalamus, keeps the body in balance. It regulates energy intake and helps you maintain your weight. It can be disrupted by genetic, biological and even environmental influences. Then your weight will get out of control. What brought you here today?

I find it difficult to lose weight. I need help.

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My weight is having an effect on my wellbeing.

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I want people to see more of me than just my appearance.

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Treatment options

There are a range of causes for excess weight and obesity. In order to adapt the treatment optimally to your situation, your specialised doctor will draw up an individual treatment plan for you. The most common methods are nutritional therapy, exercise therapy, behavioural therapy, drug therapy and surgical therapy.
  • Nutritional therapy
    If weight is to be reduced, adjusting your eating habits is much more important than counting or giving-up calories. Nutritional therapy starts with a medical examination of your eating habits and development of a weight management plan.
  • Exercise therapy
    Exercise means more than just sport. Exercise therapy doesn't have to mean training for the next marathon. Even the smallest changes to a person's everyday life can make a big difference. For example, if you spend a lot of time sitting down, you should get up every hour and move around for a few minutes. The aim of exercise therapy is to find physical activities that are fun and that you will enjoy doing several times a week.
  • Behavioural therapy
    Our body and our mind are closely linked. Behavioural therapists work on the psychological aspects of weight control and can help identify thoughts, emotions and behavioural patterns that promote the intake of food and associated weight gain. Behavioural therapy focusses on changing these patterns to help you address weight loss long-term and achieve health benefits as a result.
  • Drug therapy
    Prescription weight-loss medications can help support some biological processes that affect our intake of food. Some of these medicines can help regulate appetite, while others help people lose weight by changing the way the body absorbs food. For example, they can reduce the amount of fat the body absorbs from food. Medication is usually used in conjunction with a new lifestyle, involving increased exercise and healthy eating.
  • Surgical therapy

    Surgical procedures ensure that you feel full more quickly. This reduces the amount of food eaten per meal. After surgery, you should adjust your diet and lifestyle habits to achieve long-term success. There are various methods for such surgical procedures, but caution is required: all of them lead to metabolic and hormonal changes that play an important role in weight control. Talking to a specialist will allow you learn more about the various treatment methods on offer and together you will find an approach to suit your personal situation.

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"Numerous studies have shown us that lifestyle or behavioural therapy only has limited effectiveness when it comes to obesity. With this is mind, additional accompanying medical therapy is also often recommended nowadays."

Prof. Dr. Sharma, physician specialized in treating obesity

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