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Helping Patients Make Healthier Choices

Physicians want real and long-lasting solutions for their patients’ obesity. In this quick-fix culture, it can be hard to sift through the bait and switch diets that promise quick results without lasting impact. Quick weight loss is a great benefit to patients, especially those with chronic obesity-related conditions, but it is only truly effective if the weight loss is maintained. A Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) combines behavior modification and nutrition education to provide rapid, medically-supervised weight loss with long-lasting results. It is the education and patient empowerment provided to patients on a VLCD that is paramount to long-term success.

Helping patients to make smarter food choices is critical. As part of our simple 4-phase approach, Robard’s medical protocols include Adapting and Sustaining phases. In Adapting, patients gradually reintroduce grocery foods into their diet after working to change their relationship with food in the meal replacement phase. Participants practice newly acquired eating, exercise and lifestyle behaviors as they lose their last few pounds so their new behaviors become permanent. In the Sustaining phase, patients are taught how to maintain their goal weight while staying on a healthy diet, with continuing support using relapse prevention techniques.

One patient who utilized this method is MH Taylor, was able to eliminate all of her blood pressure medication and successfully lost 85 pounds on the New Direction program. The behavioral changes she learned through the program have supported her in keeping the weight off for more than two years, and she’s still going strong!

“The most important thing is to find a diet that is medically supervised,” says Taylor. “I felt very confident with [my doctor]; she was doing an EKG every 50 pounds, she was checking my blood work once a month. I really liked the fact that the products were nutritionally balanced, so I am confident I’m getting the vitamins and minerals, and all the right elements that I need nutrition-wise. Now when I run into people they say, ‘Oh and you’ve kept the weight off!’ And they act surprised because a lot of people try fad diets or diets that aren’t medically supervised, and they end up losing a lot of weight, but then they stop doing the diet and gain it all back.”

Hear more about MH’s story in the video below!

If you are interested in learning more about how nutrition education and behavior modification can be used with a VLCD to help your patients lose the weight and keep it off, contact us! We have comprehensive patient education modules and libraries of resources to help your patients get the lasting results they are looking for, such as this easy and informative activity Shopping Cart Smarts, which teaches your patients how to make healthier food choices.

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


The #1 Thing That Physicians Should Be Talking About, But Aren't….

If you aren’t practicing obesity treatment in your health practice, you may be ignoring a huge elephant in the room. Physicians can sometimes be hesitant to open that door because of many reasons: lack of knowledge on how to implement weight loss; not having enough time or resources; or maybe you have been so busy treating other chronic conditions that you haven’t even considered obesity treatment or that it could actually be the cause of many of your patients’ ailments.

While these reasons are all understandable, the imperative is clear: the elephant in the room is only getting bigger, and we can no longer afford to ignore it.

The State of Obesity Initiative has recently put out a wealth of information and resources about obesity and what we can do as individuals and communities to combat it. Their report points out that obesity rates have only risen to more and more dangerous levels. And continuing to not talk about it is only making the problem of obesity worse.

The report correctly shows that “obesity remains one of America's most pervasive, expensive and deadly health problems.” Among many other issues, the report states:

• Obesity is a financial issue. The obesity crisis costs our nation more than $150 billion in healthcare costs annually and billions of dollars more in lost productivity.
• Obesity is an equity issue. Obesity disproportionately affects low-income and rural communities as well as certain racial and ethnic groups, including Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans.
• Obesity is a top national priority. Americans (registered voters) rated obesity as the top health concern in the country in a recent public opinion survey.

Whether you know it or not, obesity is a problem that your patients need and want support for, but they may not know how to ask for help. But that’s where you can step in and provide the proactive assistance that they trust you to give. Arming yourself with the knowledge about the problem of obesity can be the first step in building your own confidence to tackle this sensitive but important issue.

To help you in this process, take a look at our short, informative, AND FREE on-demand webcast “Updates in Obesity” by Dr. Christopher Case, a member of Robard’s distinguished Medical Advisory Panel.  As an endocrinologist, Dr. Case cares for patients with diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, cholesterol disorders, and diseases of the thyroid and adrenal and pituitary glands, and has a wealth of knowledge about obesity and how it impacts overall health. Take a moment to check it out, and then contact us to learn about even more free educational and business resources that Robard provides to help you address the elephant in the room at your practice.

The State of Obesity

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


Study: Providers Cite Lack of Knowledge as a Major Barrier to Treating Patients with Obesity

By now, the need to prioritize obesity treatment in health care is widely accepted. Not a single state met the 2010 Healthy People goal of a 15% obesity rate. Instead, obesity rates have steadily climbed, with over one-third of American adults being obese, and with the United States ranking as one of the most obese countries in the world. And with obesity rates rising, so do the rates of comorbid conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

With obesity officially having been classified as a disease in 2013 by the American Medical Association, more providers understand the links between obesity and other chronic conditions, as well as the importance of obesity treatment. But a recent study from George Washington University shows that this transition to prioritizing obesity treatment is not an easy one because most providers lack knowledge and understanding of recommended obesity treatments, such as behavioral counseling and pharmacotherapy.

In an accompanying editorial published in Obesity, Robert Kushner, MD, FTOS, examines the impact of this study. He concluded that, “The study suggests that more obesity education is needed among primary health care providers that focuses on knowledge along with enhanced competencies in patient care management, communication, and behavior change.”
Staying up-to-date with new information and best practices can be extremely difficult for a busy health care provider while the demands of the business and the patients remain high. But finding partners who can do some of the heavy lifting for you can support you in not only getting the necessary knowledge, but also streamlining your practices and provide you and your staff with the essential training and tools to implement this important service that will help your patients get healthier quicker, while saving your practice time and money.w

We encourage you to take advantage of free resources, like Robard’s three-part webcast series on How to Speak to Patients about Obesity, which can walk you through step-by-step on how to get this conversation started with patients.

If you understand how imperative it is to start addressing weight loss in your patients, but just aren’t sure how to get started, reach out to Robard today!

Source: Science Daily

Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation