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The Role of the Provider in Patient Weight Loss

There is little doubt that you are acutely aware that the prevalence of obesity is evident and snowballing at an alarming rate. And the quality of life and health of your patients are no doubt severely diminished from conditions related to obesity — type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and deteriorating load-bearing joints, to name a few. (We're sure that you see this every day in your practice.) As obesity statics continue to soar within America, what role does a healthcare provider or professional play in its treatment? Obviously, healthcare providers are vital members of the medical world. They also can be critical to a community, such as a family physician that provides lifelong care for a patient and their family.

Are providers fully serving their patients when weight is not being addressed? Lack of initiative on the provider’s part or an inability to comfortably communicate obesity concerns with a patient is akin to simply overlooking the bigger problem. A provider adopting this characteristic simply gives consent to the patient to continue their unhealthy behavior. Some providers feel they don’t have the proper tools to help their patients lose weight — sometimes diet modification isn’t enough.

If you’re a healthcare provider or professional that’s ever considered offering obesity treatment as a fee-for-service addition to your practice, now is the time. Lack of experience, cost and other trepidations surrounding your thoughts about treating obesity can be lessened or eliminated by practical hands-on training and resources to support a new program, your staff and your business. We can help.

Robard has everything a provider needs to offer a comprehensive solution for their patients’ weight issues. From staff training and nutritional supplements to medical protocols and educational materials, Robard gives customers the business development tools to run a successful program that is beneficial to your practice and your patients. Our obesity treatment models were created specifically for busy medical and healthcare professionals so a new obesity treatment program can be implemented while you maintain focus on your expertise.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a weight loss provider, please fill out this brief form and one of our representatives will contact you personally to discuss your future goals.

It is imperative to recognize that as the obesity epidemic grows, so will its related comorbidities. However, the resolution or reduction of chronic medical conditions can be achieved by treating the root source:  Obesity.  It starts with you.


Asthma Severity Lessens with Weight Loss

The chronic lung disease, asthma, affects one out of every 12 people in the United States with varying levels of severity. For some, treating asthma can be as simple as using an inhaler when they begin to wheeze; for others, it can be serious enough to completely restrict breathing and result in a trip to the hospital.

The role of being overweight and obese has been frequently studied in regards to the severity of one’s asthma with a universal conclusion: There is a link between how extensive your asthma can be and how much you weigh. However, something that has rarely been studied is how weight loss affects someone’s asthma. Until now.

A Canadian study published in the June issue of the journal CHEST found weight loss reduced asthma severity as measured by airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in obese adults. In what is considered one of the more accurate studies on the subject, it was discovered that the incidence of asthma is 1.47 times higher in obese people than non-obese people, and a three-unit increase in body mass index is associated with a 35 percent increase in the risk of asthma. The study supports the active treatment of comorbid obesity in individuals with asthma.

“This study is unique because of its strict adherence to an accurate diagnostic criteria and study outcome (AHR), resulting in purer results to support weight loss as a strategy to normalize or reverse asthma in this group of people hit hard by the condition,” says Smita Pakhale, MD.

The comorbidities associated with obesity are numerous. Yet, asthma and other chronic conditions spurred by obesity are consistently treated with prescriptions and costly office visits. However, it seems like getting to the root cause of these conditions is the best medicine after all. Obesity treatment works.

American College of Chest Physicians


VIDEO: Julie Roth’s Weight Loss Journey

A dieter’s weight loss journey can have peaks and valleys; however, the most gratifying part has to be when you experience the joy of success during your journey or when you finally reach your goal. We’ve told you about John Blair and Jim Carpenter, now we’d like to introduce you to Julie Roth.

Julie weighed 348 pounds when she started her weight loss journey. In 20 months, she lost roughly 200 pounds on the New Direction System. Now, she says, she is healthier at age 38 than she was at 18. Julie also set her sights on other goals, such as completing a half marathon, but it was the simpler things, such as being able to do housework without taking a break, that she appreciated the most about her new weight.

In the following video, Julie shares her success story with us:

There are countless stories like Julie’s. We firmly believe that weight loss is not just about losing weight — it’s about changing people’s lives. If you’re a provider that would like to hear about Robard programs and products, such as the New Direction System, please fill out our Become a Provider form.  If you’re a dieter interested starting your weight loss journey, fill out our Find a Clinic form and we will find some weight loss programs in your area for you to get started!