Health Watch - Springtime: Weight Loss

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about springtime traditions. As we start shedding winter sweaters, we start thinking about getting into swimsuit shape. If you have a lot of weight to lose, you may need medical supervision.

Dr. Edward Livingston, a weight-loss surgery expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a medically supervised weight loss plan can help you achieve your weight loss goals safely. This is especially important if you’re planning weight-loss surgery, but it could also help you avoid surgery. Many insurance policies require a medically supervised diet for at least six months before weight-loss surgery, and the surgery often goes better if the patient loses weight ahead of time. In a severely calorie-restricted diet, medical supervision is essential for making sure you’re getting proper nutrition.

Visit to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in bariatrics.


April 2009

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