Weight Management Services
At UNC Medical Center we offer a variety of programs to help you on your weight loss journey.
UNC Family Medicine Weight Management Program
The UNC Family Medicine Center’s Weight Management Program (WMP) partners with individuals to find ways to achieve long-term weight loss, lead healthier lives and maximize well-being. Our program offers intensive individual and/or group counseling on a variety of topics related to diet, physical activity, strategies for weight loss, stress management, etc. We help clients identify realistic weight loss goals and develop individualized weight loss plans, which may include a recommendation for medication or referrals to specialists such as dietitians or bariatric surgeons for further assistance as needed. Our program also partners with organizations interested in worksite health promotion to promote weight loss and physical activity among employees.
UNC Medical Weight Program (UNC-MWP) at Meadowmont
The UNC Medical Weight Program (UNC-MWP) at Meadowmont is a multidisciplinary program designed for patients with serious medical illnesses in addition to obesity. Highly trained clinicians conduct comprehensive initial evaluations and discuss a broad range of personalized treatments, from targeted lifestyle based counselling to weight loss surgery referral. We specialize in long term treatment strategies using obesity medications with lifestyle changes and limited duration very low calorie programs (Optifast). We work closely with other weight management services at UNC and specialize in management of treatment failures. The UNC-MWP is actively involved in clinical trials for obesity with opportunities for patient participation.
UNC Weight Loss and Lifestyle Medicine (WeLL-Me) program
UNC Weight Loss and Lifestyle Medicine (WeLL-Me) program at the Center for Rehabilitation Care and Spine Center is a multidisciplinary program that utilizes lifestyle interventions, such as nutrition, physical activity, and behavior therapy to help patients to lose weight. We work closely with our UNC dietitians, physical therapists, clinical psychologist, weight loss classes, Mindfulness program, and other UNC weight loss programs to optimize our patients’ quality of life and their weight loss process. In addition to lifestyle interventions, our highly skilled physicians play an integral role in coordinating care and medication management to maximize weight loss.
UNC Bariatric Surgery Program
The UNC Bariatric Surgery Program is a multidisciplinary team designed for patients interested in undergoing weight loss surgery. We are an accredited American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Center of Excellence, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Distinction Center. Our team includes a specialized group of surgeons, nurses, dieticians, mental health providers, and physician extenders. We work closely with the other weight management programs here at UNC. We are experts in minimally invasive, robotic, and open approaches. We provide long term bariatric care, including routine surveillance, as well as online and face-to-face support groups.