Prescription medications to treat overweight and obesity work in different ways. For example, some medications may help you feel less hungry or full sooner. Other medications may make it harder for your body to absorb fat from the foods you eat. It's hard for many people to keep dieting down. As you lose weight, you're likely to feel worse and get fatter. When it's hard to lose weight, you may have a difficult time sticking to a new diet that you don't like.
You also need help from your health care team to stick to a new diet. The team may recommend you or your family members get help with changing your eating habits and changing your lifestyle, such as changing your job, becoming more active, or avoiding certain situations.
What are the symptoms of obesity?
If you have an obesity problem like a heart problem, diabetes, or a thyroid problem, you may have other symptoms, such as:
Feeling tired or having trouble concentrating
Weak hands and knees
Nausea, fatigue, and upset stomach (diarrhea)
Fatigue or lack of energy
Weight gain/weight loss, especially in young children
If your weight is really getting in the way of your everyday functions, call your doctor or health care team. In children, eating disorders and weight gain may lead to a higher risk of developing other, bigger problems later in life.
When should you be tested for obesity?
In some cases, your doctor might recommend taking a weight-loss test called an "obesity test" when you are already overweight. In another case, you might have a more aggressive weight-loss procedure like bariatric surgery or a gastric bypass.
It's important to tell your doctor if your weight-loss or bariatric surgery is changing your current medical condition. For example, if you have a kidney stone (a blockage in the kidney) or bleeding or blockage in the stomach, your doctor might call for a lower weight-loss procedure or a bariatric operation in addition to weight-loss surgery.
Tests can help determine whether weight loss is helping your health. They may help you see if weight loss or bariatric surgery is working. Also, they can show you if additional procedures or medications may need to be prescribed by your doctor.
Obesity test for adults
Obesity tests can help determine if weight loss is helping your health.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that you have a weight-loss test every 3 years. Your health care team might talk to your doctor if there's a history of eating disorders or weight gain. If you need regular medical check-ups in the future, you may get a weight-loss test.