Health Conditions

Losing Weight: Questions for the Doctor

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Losing weight can be challenging. Talk to your doctor or nurse about how to lose weight in a healthy way that’s right for you.

What about cost?

Insurance plans must cover screening and counseling related to obesity for some adults. That means you may be able to get help at no cost to you. Talk to your insurance company to find out more.

What do I ask the doctor?

When you visit the doctor, it helps to have questions written down ahead of time. You can also ask a family member or friend to go with you to take notes.

Print this list of questions and take it to your next appointment.

  • How does my weight affect my health?
  • Do I have a health problem that’s causing me to be overweight?
  • How can losing weight improve my health?
  • What’s a healthy weight for me?
  • How much weight do I need to lose?
  • How long can I expect it to take me to lose weight?

You may also want to ask about healthy ways to lose weight. For example:

  • What are healthy ways to lose weight and keep it off?
  • How can I change my eating habits?
  • What kinds of physical activity do I need to do?
  • Are there any kinds of physical activity I need to avoid because of my health conditions?
  • Could a weight loss program help me?
  • What type of weight loss program would you recommend for me?

You can also add your own questions after learning how to watch your weight.

Content last updated December 2, 2021

Reviewer Information

This information on losing weight was adapted from materials from the National Institutes of Health Weight-control Information Network (WIN).

Reviewed by:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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