Although Texas no longer ranks in under the top ten states with the highest rate of obesity (scraping in at number 11), as the second most populated state in America there is a large percentage of America’s obese population that falls on Texas’ shoulders.
Knowing this, the University of Texas opened up the teaching services of doctors practicing obesity medicine at the UTHealth Center for Obesity Medicine and Metabolic Performance this past July. Trainees who have successfully applied to this 1-year Clinical Fellowship in Obesity Medicine are undergoing training in the latest strategies and care applied to the Medical Weight Loss field. As only the 5th such fellowship offered in the United States, the University of Texas plans to extend their program to the next year (July 2017) and incorporates students from different medical backgrounds such as internal medicine, family medicine, and endocrinology. The goal is to provide trainees with practical obesity medicine experience.
Obesity Medicine Today
Obesity medicine has several key components. Not only does it recognize that the best methods to overcoming obesity struggles are a lifestyle, nutrition, and behavior changes, but also that obesity is often combined with other conditions or diseases that exacerbate each other. Known as comorbidities, the simultaneous presence of two or more chronic conditions or diseases, they stimulate what is known as a vicious cycle (or catch-22) where the conditions and their potential solutions cancel one another out. At Advanced Weight Loss, we recognize the difficulty of this situation and believe that our Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program is the answer.