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Weight Loss Center Orientation

Monday, December 10, 2012

I attended an orientation by the Weight Loss Center at MGH in Boston. Lots to think about. The program covers the psychological/emotional and physical aspects of weight loss. I was asked to complete an 11 page questionnaire which will be reviewed prior to my initial visit. The first visit is a fasting blood draw and a visit with a dietician.

The second visit is the team's recommendation for your weight loss plan. This may include gastric bypass surgery, medication, dietician, exercise and psychological counseling.

It sounds WONDERFUL. The only "but" is, there is a $550.00 cost that insurance won't cover. THis consists of 12 group therapy sessions and two hours with a personal trainer. I was also told if I'm not fat enough insurance won't cover dietician visits. Doubtful I'm not fat enough. emoticon

What prompted me here was being diagnosed with fatty liver. I don't have an appointment with the Liver Center until February. The website at the hospital Liver Center said treatment included working with the weigh loss center. So I'm just one step ahead of them.

I'm curious about the medications. I remember, back in my late teens/early twenties, going to a "doctor" in South Boston. You knocked on the door and he would let you in. You'd give him $20.00 and he'd write you a prescription for some type of amphetamine. Didn't matter if you were only a little bit overweight so long as you had your $20.00 for him. I lost weight but gained it all back and then some when I stopped the pills.


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  • v JINLYNN
    Best wishes on your new plan & this program - it sounds great and I wish you lots of success!
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    1352 days ago
  • v CHRISTINASP
    Wishing you lots of success.
    1353 days ago
  • v LYNNA1968
    I will give you my "professional" opinion emoticon I did have bypass surgery (all or nothing personality). The surgery is a aid not a cure. . I'm still struggling at the time they only did a psych eval not counseling which I wish had been suggested. If you have any questions in box me and I'll answer what I can. I don't regret having it.
    1354 days ago
  • v INTHEGAP
    It sounds like you have decided to do this, for yourself ~ so all that is left is to wish you all the best with this program. emoticon emoticon
    1354 days ago
  • v MAGGIEVAN
    You don't need the pills, really. Find out the "why".... why did you get so fat in the first place. That is the first step, and everything follows from there on. Cut out all added sugar, eat only 2 fruits a day, eat mostly green vegetables and No REFINED Carbohydrytes and then your body will thank you for it and you will realise that you dont need this programme anymore.
    1354 days ago
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