Frequently asked questions
Who qualifies for and benefits from this program?
Our program caters to patients with obesity—body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater—of all ranges, in addition to those who are considered overweight (BMI=25-30). (Calculate your BMI here). You do not need to be struggling with severe obesity to qualify for this program. We treat all overweight and obese patients who have had difficulty losing or maintaining weight on their own or through commercial programs. In addition, those with weight-related diseases (diabetes, prediabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea, cardiac disease) and those with significant family medical histories for diabetes, heart attack and stroke who struggle with their weight should consider a medically supervised program such as this.
How do I schedule an appointment?
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (212) 496-2662 and our program coordinator can assist you in setting up an appointment and navigating the logistics including health insurance and directions. Alternatively, you can email [email protected].
What insurances are accepted at the Center for Weight Management?
For a list of insurances accepted, please visit each care provider’s website here.
Do I need a referral?
The need for a referral differs based on each insurance company and each plan within that company. We suggest that every patient gets a referral from their primary care physician before coming to their first appointment to help us coordinate your care with insurance coverage issues. With certain managed care plans we will not be able to see you for your first appointment until this referral has been received. Our office is happy to assist you in obtaining one from your primary care physician.
How should I prepare for my first appointment?
We ask that patients come to their first appointment fasting—no food or drink except water. It is OK to continue taking your medications. Please bring with you the paperwork and questionnaires that have been sent to you by our staff. To ensure maximum time with our care providers, please make sure to fill out all forms before coming to your appointment. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to your first appointment.
How is this different from commercial weight loss programs?
This program is different from commercial programs on several levels. Most importantly, it is medically supervised, which maximizes safety, particularly for those patients with multiple medical problems, and allows for greater customization of treatment. The second feature that sets us apart is care plan individualization. You will not be forced into a point system or one-size-fits-all approach. Each person is different and his or her program is individualized and adjusted to fit his or her needs. Additionally, each patient receives individual attention with significantly fewer time restrictions than traditionally offered. Finally, groups are smaller, more intimate and run by expert psychologists and nutritionists.