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Title: Treatment of Obesity

Treatment of Obesity
  • Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Division of Education

Treatment options
  • When does obesity threaten the health and life of
    a patient?
  • Which patients have co-morbidities that make an
    aggressive treatment necessary?

Steps in determining treatment
  • Determine BMI.
  • Assess complications and risk factors

Steps in determining treatment
  • Determine BMI-related health risk
  • Determine weight reduction exclusions
  • Mental illness
  • Unstable medical condition
  • Some medications
  • Temporary
  • Pregnancy or lactation

Steps in determining treatment
  • Possible exclusions
  • Osteoporosis
  • BMI in minimal or no-risk category
  • History of mental illness
  • Medications
  • Permanent exclusions
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Terminal illness
  • Assess patient readiness

Steps in determining treatment
  • Treatment Options
  • 1. Mild energy-deficit regimen
  • Diet, diet and exercise, behavioral therapy
  • 2. Aggressive energy-deficit regimen
  • VLCD
  • Extensive exercise program
  • 3. Obesity drugs
  • 4. Surgery

More extreme options
Dietary treatment
  • When someone is a few pounds overweight and is
    motivated to lose weight, dietary approach is a
    safe and effective method for weight loss. It is
    also the best method for helping to acquire new
    skills for maintaining a weight loss.

Dieting with the Exchange List
  • The Exchange diet.
  • Monitor intake of carbohydrates, fat and protein
    as well as portion sizes.
  • Includes foods from each group and can be used
  • It also works well in weight maintenance.

Dieting with the Exchange List
  • Food is broken down into 6 categories
  • Starch/Bread
  • Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Milk
  • Fat

The Exchange List
  • The number of exchanges is determined by the
    total number of calories required.
  • Different for each person and depends on
  • height, weight, and energy expenditure.

Exchanges for Various Calorie Levels
Total Kcal/d 1200 1400 1500 1600 1700 1800 2000 2100 2200
Meat 4 4 5 6 6 6 6 6 6
Bread/ starch 5 7 7 7 8 9 10 11 11
Vegs 2 3 4 2 2 2 2 2 3
Fats 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
Fruit 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4
Skim milk (cups) 2 2 2 - - - - - -
2 milk 2 2 2 2 2 3
Example of daily exchange diet 1800 Kcals daily
  • 1 c orange juice
  • 2 slices of toast
  • 1 hard-cooked egg
  • 2 tsp margarine
  • 1 c 2 milk
  • Coffee or tea
  • 2 Fruits
  • 2 Breads
  • 1 Meat
  • 2 Fat
  • 1 Milk
  • Free Food

Example of daily exchange diet 1800 Kcals daily
  • ½ c tuna
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • ½ c tomato slices
  • Lettuce/cucumber salad
  • 1 c sliced peaches
  • 1 tsp margarine
  • Tea with lemon
  • 2 Meat
  • 2 Bread
  • 1 Vegetable
  • Raw Vegetable
  • 2 Fruit
  • 2 Fat
  • Free Foods

Example of daily exchange diet 1800 Kcals daily
  • 3 oz baked chicken
  • ½ c mashed potato
  • 1 small whole grain roll
  • ½ c broccoli, ½ c carrots
  • Tossed salad
  • 1 Tbsp salad dressing
  • 1 tsp margarine
  • Coffee
  • 3 meat
  • 1 Bread
  • 1 Bread
  • 1 Vegetable
  • Raw Vegetable
  • 1 Fat
  • 1 Fat
  • Free Food

Example of daily exchange diet 1800 Kcals daily
  • 2 graham crackers
  • 1 c 2 milk
  • 1 Bread
  • 1 Milk

The Exchange Diet
  • For more information please visit
  • http//

Dieting Using Calorie Controlled Portions
  • Liquid formula or a packaged item
  • Fixed number of calories to replace a meal.
  • Control portion sizes
  • Fat, carbohydrate, calories
  • Balanced meals

Meal Replacement Plan
  • 4 types of meal replacers
  • Powder mixes
  • Shakes
  • Bars
  • Prepackaged Meals

Meal Replacement Plan
  • An intake of five fruits and vegetables is
  • Effective
  • Convenient
  • Nutritionally balanced

Breakfast Meal Replacement
Lunch Sensible Meal or Meal Replacement
Dinner Sensible Meal
Snacks Fruit, vegetable, fat-free yogurt or cheese, nuts, pretzels, or air-popped popcorn
  • Adults 30-45 minutes of exercise three to five
    days each week
  • Include 5-10 minute warm up and cool down
  • Weight loss at least 30 minutes of aerobic
    activity a day for five days

  • Children at least 60 minutes, and up to several
    hours of physical activity per day for children
    and adolescents
  • Several bouts of physical activity lasting 15
    minutes or more each day

  • Energy Balance maintaining weight.
  • Positive energy balance leads to weight gain.
  • Negative energy balance leads to weight loss.

Exercise Benefits
  • Exercise builds lean body mass.
  • Walking, running and doing physical activity can
    burn two to three times more calories than
    similar amount of time sitting.
  • With exercise there is an improvement in overall
    physical fitness.
  • Exercise improves maintenance of weight after
    weight loss.

  • For Weight Loss
  • 150 to 200 minutes of moderate physical activity
    each week
  • diet for weight loss
  • For Improved Health
  • An exercise program with less than 150
    minutes a week and lower intensity can result in
    improvement in cardio-respiratory fitness.

Aerobic Activity
  • Aerobic exercise is any extended activity that
    makes the lungs and heart work harder while using
    the large muscle groups in the arms and legs at a
    regular, even pace.
  • Brisk walking
  •     Jogging
  •    Bicycling
  •    Swimming
  •       Aerobic dancing

Racket sports   Lawn mowing   Ice or roller
skating Using aerobic equipment (treadmill,
stationary bike)
Anaerobic Activity
  • Anaerobic activity is short bursts
    of very strenuous activity using large muscle
  • (Ex weight lifting, curls, power lifting).
  • Helps build and tone muscles, but it does
    not benefit the heart
    or the lungs.

Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD)
  • Formula diet of 800 calories or less.
  • Must be under proper medical supervision.
  • Produce significant weight loss in moderately to
    severely obese patients.

VLCD Facts
  • Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Not appropriate for children or adolescents
  • Not recommended for older individuals

Behavioral Treatment
  • Widely used strategy
  • Based on adjusting energy balance
  • Individual treatment, or
  • Group Format
  • (Around 18-24 weeks)
  • One of the most successful treatment programs

Group Approaches
  • Social support
  • integration into social network and positive
  • interactions with others.
  • Individual feels support, acceptance, and
    encouragement by others.

Behavior Treatment
  • Need to change ones approach
  • thinking
  • feelings
  • actions
  • to eating and physical activity.

Behavioral targets
Total energy intake
Total energy expenditure

Targets of behavioral therapy
Behavior Therapy Important Components
  • Making Lifestyle Change a Priority
  • Establishing a Plan for Success

Behavior Therapy Important Components
  • 3. Setting Goals
  • Calories, fat, physical activity.
  • Short-term goal of losing 1 to 2 pounds a week.
  • Choose specific, attainable, and realistic goals.
  • Have a long-term goal.

Behavior Therapy Important Concepts
  • 4. Keeping Track of Eating and Exercising
  • Tracking to raise awareness.
  • Self monitoring.
  • Record time, activating event, place and quantity
    of eating, and activity behaviors.

Behavior Therapy Important Concepts
  • 5. Avoiding a Food Chain Reaction
  • Stimulus control.
  • Learning to recognize cues.

Behavior Therapy Important Concepts
  • Techniques to conquer eating triggers include
  • eating regular meals
  • eating at the same time and place
  • use smaller plates
  • keeping accessible food out of sight
  • eating only when hungry
  • avoiding activities that encourage eating

Behavior Therapy Important Concepts
  • 6. Changing Eating and Activity Patterns
  • slowing pace of eating
  • reducing portion sizes
  • measuring food intake
  • leaving food on plate
  • improving food choices
  • eliminating second servings

Behavior Therapy Important Concepts
  • Changing Eating and Activity Patterns
  • Programmed exercise vs lifestyle
  • Lifestyle activity preferable for weight loss.

Behavior Therapy Important Concepts
  • 7. Contingency Management
  • Positive reinforcement (reward)
  • An effective reward - immediate, desirable, and
    given based on meeting a specific goal.
  • Tangible rewards - a new CD
  • Intangible reward taking time off

Behavior Therapy Important Concepts
  • 8. Cognitive Behavioral Strategies
  • Traditional behavioral treatment components with
    emphasis on thinking patterns that may affect
    eating behaviors.

Behavior Therapy Important Concepts
  • 9. Stress Management
  • Stress is a primary predictor of overeating and
  • Stress management skills

Drug Treatment of Obesity Indicated when
  • BMI is greater than 30
  • BMI is higher than 27 and there are other
    cardiovascular complications
  • After several attempts diet alone is not enough

Cardiovascular complications include
Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, Coronary Heart
Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and Sleep Apnea
Drug Therapy
  • Commonly prescribed drugs for the treatment of
    obesity include
  • Phentermine
  • Sibutramine
  • Orlistat

Drug Therapy Phentermine
  • Brand names are Adipex-P, Obenix, Oby-Trim
  • Most commonly prescribed medication for weight
  • Phentermine increases norepinephrine, a
    neurotransmitter in the brain that decreases
  • Phentermine has stimulant properties, and it may
    cause high blood pressure or irregular heat

Drug Therapy Sibutramine
  • The brand name is Meridia
  • Sibutramine induces weight loss by reducing food
  • It stimulates the
  • satiety centers in the brain.
  • Sibutramine use may increase heart rate and blood
  • Sibutramine is not recommended for someone with
    uncontrolled hypertension, tachycardia, or
    serious heart, liver, or kidney disease.

Drug Therapy Orlistat
  • The Brand name is Xenical
  • Orlistat prevents the digestion of dietary fat.
  • Bowel habits will likely change.
  • Leads to improvement in blood lipids.
  • Multivitamin supplement is encouraged.

Surgical Treatment of Obesity
  • Criteria used for surgical treatment
  • BMI is 40 or higher
  • BMI of 35-39.9 and a serious obesity-related
    health problem
  • such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart
    disease, or sleep apnea

Types of GI surgeries available
  • Restrictive
  • Malabsorptive
  • Combined restrictive/malabsorptive

GI Surgeries Restrictive
  • Purely restrictive operations only limit food
    intake and do not interfere with the normal
    digestive process.
  • Create a pouch.
  • Delay in food emptying.

Restrictive Operations Examples
  • Adjustable gastric banding
  • A band is clamped to create a pouch.

Restrictive Operations Examples
  • 2. Vertical banded gastroplasty.
  • Uses the band and staples to create
  • a small pouch. Not commonly used
  • today.

Restrictive Operations Advantages
  1. Generally safer than malabsorptive procedures.
  2. Done via laparoscopy allowing for smaller
  3. Surgeries can be reversed if necessary.
  4. Result in few nutritional deficiencies.

Restrictive Operations Disadvantages
  1. Smaller weight loss.
  2. Can lead to weight gain over time.
  3. No change in eating habits.
  4. Success depends on the patients willingness to
    adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Restrictive Operations Risks
  • Overeating leading to vomiting.
  • Break in tubing.
  • Problems leading to a second operation.
  • These risks need to be taken into account by any
    individual considering the surgery!

Malabsorptive Operations
  • The main malabsorptive operation is the
    jejunoileal bypass which is not performed today
    because of the high incidence of health

Combined Restrictive and Malabsorptive Operations
  • Restricts both food intake and the amount of
    calories and nutrients the body absorbs.
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RGB)
  • Creates a pouch.
  • Connects the small intestine
  • to the pouch, bypassing large
  • sections of the intestines.

Combined Restrictive and Malabsorptive Operations
  • Biliopancreatic diversion (BPD)
  • Remove portion of stomach.
  • Connect this directly to the
  • final segment of the small intestine
  • completely bypassing sections of
  • intestines.

Combined Operations Advantages
  1. Rapid weight loss.
  2. Maintain good weight loss for 10 years or more.
  3. Can lose up to 75-80 of excess weight.
  4. May lead to greater improvement in health.

Combined Operations Disadvantages
  1. Can be difficult.
  2. May result in long-term nutritional deficiencies.
  3. Decreased absorption of iron and calcium.
  4. Require fat soluble vitamin supplementation.
  5. May have dumping syndrome.

Combined Operations Risks
  1. May lead to complications.
  2. Greater risk for abdominal hernias.
  3. The risk of death may be higher.

Bariatric Surgery Facts
  • Procedures cost from 20,000 to 35,000.
  • Medical insurance coverage varies by state.

NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
  • The patient should consider the following
    questions prior to weight loss surgery
  • Are you unlikely to lose weight or keep weight
    off long-term with non-surgical measures?
  • Are you well informed about the surgical
    procedure and the effects of treatment?
  • Are you determined to lose weight and improve
    your health?

  • 4. Are you aware of how your life may change
    after the operation?
  • 5. Are you aware of the potential for serious
    complications, dietary restrictions, and
    occasional failures?
  • 6. Are you committed to lifelong medical
    follow-up and vitamin/mineral supplementation?

  • When there are no complications or co-morbidities
    associated with obesity, dietary, exercise and
    behavioral approaches are the safest and best
  • For successful weight loss to become permanent,
    an individual has to adopt new behaviors to
    maintain weight loss.

  • It is very important for individuals considering
    initiation of weight loss drug therapy or
    surgeries to be well aware of the risks
    associated with the treatments.
  • Once all risks are understood, then ultimately it
    is the individuals decision to go along with the
    treatment or not.

References Behavior Therapy and VLCD Information
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Pennington Biomedical Research CenterDivision
of Education
  • Heli J. Roy, PhD, RD
  • Beth Kalicki
  • Division of EducationPhillip Brantley, PhD,
    DirectorPennington Biomedical Research
    CenterClaude Bouchard, PhD, Executive Director

Edited October 2009
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