What is a bariatrician?
A Bariatrician, like Dr. Berry at Fargo Medical Weight Loss Specialists, is a licensed physician (MD or DO) that has received special training in Bariatric medicine. Bariatric medicine focuses on the medical treatment of excess weight and obesity in addition to its associated conditions or comorbidities. The term Bariatric comes from the Greek word “barros” which means to weigh. It was first used by the Society of Medical Weight Loss Physicians over 50 years ago, and today the field helps many patients lose weight and begin living a healthier life.
Appropriately trained Bariatricians like Dr. Berry use a variety of methods to address obesity in their overweight patients. Often, a comprehensive approach towards weight loss that involves increased nutrition and physical activity alongside important lifestyle changes are enough to help people finally start losing weight. For some, the use of prescription of appetite suppressants and other appropriate medications is recommended. Many patients that struggle with the basics to weight loss on their own are successful in meeting their weight loss goal when guided by a Bariatrician because of the support and motivation that is part of participating in a medical weight loss program.
In general, any licensed physician will have a basic level of knowledge concerning weight loss. However, members of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) have undergone extensive training and are provided with specialized tools and techniques that a general practice physician cannot offer.
For many people, losing weight is an important health issue. There are many different types of serious illnesses that are associated with being overweight, such as type-2 diabetes or heart disease. Instead of treating the symptoms of these conditions, your Bariatrician will be able to treat the cause of the problem. By helping you to lose weight and overcome your obesity, many Bariatricians are able to help their patients overcome serious health obstacles that may have gone untreated and unnoticed in a non-medical weight loss program.