How We Can Help
Obesity Treatment Information
We use a variety of treatments, including surgery, counseling and lifestyle changes, to teach you to control and manage your weight and minimize the other health problems obesity can create. At IU Health, we empower and support you to improve your quality of life.
- Nutrition. A registered dietician or bariatric trained nutritionist recommends proper calorie intake and menus needed for you to lose weight safely and healthfully.
- Non-surgical weight loss. A medically supervised weight loss program delivers the extra support you need for long-term weight loss. A custom plan is created for you that includes nutrition, exercise and behavioral counseling, and monthly support groups.
- Bariatric surgery. If you are severely obese with a BMI of 35 or higher, one of several bariatric surgeries may help you lose weight. Gastric band surgery, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy are options.
- Exercise. As part of your weight loss plan, a physiologist or personal trainer teaches you how to exercise in a way to strengthens your body while also burning off calories. Exercise not only helps you lose weight, it is a key to maintaining weight loss, as well as keeping your heart and other body systems healthy.
- Seminars. We offer free monthly seminars in several locations to educate you about surgical and non-surgical weight loss options. We also offer online seminars and in-person individual counseling to meet your needs. These workshops include talks from a bariatric surgeon and a registered dietician. The pre- and post-operation process is described, as are the different surgeries. We also discuss our non-surgical medical weight loss options. You can see the seminar schedule on the IU Health Bariatric blog.
- Bariatric support groups. Before and after bariatric surgery, our monthly support groups let you meet with others who are sharing the same experience. You can learn how other patients handle post-op challenges, exchange recipes and know that you are not alone in your challenges. Pre-operative patients are required to attend these support groups as part of their preparation for surgery. We also offer online support groups. You can view the support group schedule on the IU Health Bariatric blog.
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Obesity Support Services
Learn more about obesity treatments and services at these websites:
A Sampling of Obesity Support Services
PE Without Boundaries
This innovative program promotes physical activity and wellness for high school students.
Indiana University Health Bariatric blog
This regularly updated site provides information, resources and links to articles about bariatric and medical weight loss options, seminars and support groups.
IU Health Strong Schools
This collaborative program is funded by IU Health to teach schools how to add 30 minutes of physical activity into every day. The project focuses on strategies to make students, teachers and staff healthier and draws on research that shows physical activity can improve students’ academic success.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This government agency offers in-depth information about the prevention and treatment of obesity, with lots of resources.
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
This division of the National Institutes of Health provides detailed information about obesity and its impact on the heart, lung and blood, its complications, treatments, research and clinical trials.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
This division of the National Institutes of Health provides detailed information about obesity, its effect on the digestive system, the kidneys and its relationship to diabetes. Resources address obesity complications, treatments, research and clinical trials