What is involved in your medical weight management program?

If it was easy to lose weight and keep it off, then 67% of the adult Australian population would not carry excess body weight.  Our program involves looking at what has driven your weight gain in the past and what is preventing you from achieving weight loss goals now.  This includes assessing lifestyle factors but, knowing that diet and exercise alone does not usually result in significant long-term weight loss, we also consider other potential strategies.  These strategies involve carefully reviewing your medications to try and find alternatives to any weight-gain promoting medications that you might be taking.  We also assess whether anti-obesity medications may be helpful and, if so, which ones.

 

What qualifications and background do the weight management doctors have?

Dr Carol Huang

Carol is a specialist physician and Associate Professor at the Australian National University Medical School.  She is a qualified specialist in respiratory (lung) and sleep medicine.  She holds SCOPE certification in obesity management and has several years’ experience leading the Canberra Health Services Obesity Medicine Service (now know as Department of Bariatric Medicine.  She is currently the Director of the Respiratory & Sleep Medicine at The Canberra Hospital.  Her background gives her extensive experience managing very low-calorie diets, anti-obesity medications and in the medical assessment for bariatric surgery.  Her specialisation in sleep medicine allows her to manage both excess body weight, as well as one of the most common complications of excess body weight – sleep apnoea.  She has undertaken extensive research in both obesity and sleep medicine. Published Research – Associate Professor Carol Huang

Dr Richard Singer

Richard is a specialist in renal (kidney) medicine and holds SCOPE certification in obesity management.  He has over 15 years’  specialist experience in Western Australia and the ACT.  He is a Senior Staff Specialist at Canberra Health Services with appointments in both the Department of Bariatric Medicine and Renal Medicine at The Canberra Hospital.  In these roles he has extensive experience in evidence based medical weight management and leads several research projects in this area.  His specialisation in renal medicine provides expertise in managing two common complications of excess body weight – high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease.  He has published extensively in the fields of nutrition and kidney disease. Published Research – Dr Richard Singer

 

Will I lose a lot of weight?

Long-term, significant weight loss is hard and almost always requires a lot of personal effort.  Our job is to effectively and safely help you lose weight.  With a combination of lifestyle intervention and modern weight loss medications, people commonly lose around 15% of body weight but everyone responds differently to treatment.  A particular weight loss is not guaranteed.

 

What people are suitable for your weight management program?

People with excess body weight, especially those that have medical complications related to excess bodyweight.  Common complications of excess body weight are sleep apnoea, kidney disease, high blood pressure, some cancers and diabetes/pre-diabetes.