A bariatrician is a physician (MD or DO) who has, under the direction of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), elected to receive additional training in the field of Bariatric Medicine (non-surgical treatment). The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), The Obesity Society and other organizations offer extensive continuing medical education in the management of obesity, ensuring that their members are updated on the latest research and evidence-based medicine. The society also active politically and testimony before the American Medical Association was instrumental in the decision to declare obesity a disease. This opens doors to reduce stigma and discrimination as well as improved treatments and research.
While any licensed physician can offer a weight loss program, bariatricians are uniquely equipped to address the needs of those seeking treatment for excess body weight. They have the specialized tools, techniques and understanding to offer patients individualized treatment and to identify common roadblocks along the weight loss journey. They offer a comprehensive program of nutritional education, exercise, lifestyle changes, behavioral interventions and, when appropriate, the use of appetite suppressants or other medications. Bariatric physicians regularly share useful medical information, thus improving the treatment of obesity for all.