Medical Weight Management

What is Medical Weight Management?
At the Weight Management Center, our University of Minnesota Physicians bring together the resources and expertise to help adults and older teens whose health and well-being are impacted by extra weight. We specialize in patients who are seeking a non-surgical, long-term approach to weight loss.

Getting to a healthy weight is tough. We understand there is more to weight gain than just calorie or energy imbalance. As we assess your situation and design a treatment plan, we take into account all the factors that are contributing to you being overweight.

We’ll help you move towards a healthier weight by designing a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan based on academic-based research and understanding of excess weight. Our goal is to help you be successful in achieving long-term weight loss with improved health and self- esteem.

Medical Weight Management + Weight-Loss Surgery
If you do decide to have weight-loss surgery, our medical weight management care team collaborates with our surgeons before and after surgery to ensure each patient has a personalized nutrition and follow-up plan. For those who are severely obese, losing weight prior to surgery is usually required - we're here to help you achieve your weight loss goals prior to surgery. And afterwards, we offer ways to help you stay on track as you move toward a newer lifestyle. Through this collaborative approach, we are changing the way people approach weight-loss and weight-loss surgery at University of Minnesota Medical Center.  
How Medical Weight Management Could Help You
Our patients usually suffer from one or more of the following:
  • Chronic disease
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Long term use of medications that promote weight gain
  • Endocrine disorders (diabetes, PCOS, metabolic syndrome)
  • Post organ transplant or waiting for organ transplant
  • Back or joint pain
  • Need for rapid weight loss because of serious medical condition
  • Physical or psychological needs or injuries that impact normal weight regulation
  • Re-gain after weight loss surgery
  • Low fertility
  • Strong family history of weight related diseases
  • Multiple failed attempts at weight loss

Treatment includes ongoing comprehensive assessment and treatment and my include any of the following:
  • Dietary education and support
  • Pharmacological review and/or targeted trial
  • Exercise capacity evaluation
  • Psychological counseling
  • Referral to other medical specialists: Sleep Medicine, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Psychiatry
  • Referral to rehab therapy: Physical Therapy, Lymphedema therapy

Pediatric Weight Management

This program is specifically designed for the unique needs of people ages 2-21 and their families. When you visit the Weight Management Program at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, your team will take into account your child's age, health needs, emotional issues, family dynamics and lifestyle when recommending a weight loss plan.

Create Your Weight: Adult Weight Management Program
This 11-week course addresses nutrition, physical activity and behavior modification in weight loss or management. Unlike most weight loss and management programs, “Create Your Weight” provides participants with the knowledge and tools they need to successfully meet goals by simply making better choices. Registered dietitians developed and lead this course. Learn more about Create Your Weight.