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Weight Management Program

Obesity affects approximately 70 million Americans. It is a complex metabolic disease that occurs as a result of both our genetic make-up and environmental forces. In simple terms, obesity arises from the consumption of too many calories relative to the amount of energy expended.

As a person's Body Mass Index (BMI) rises above 25, so does the risk of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers. 

The Weight Management Program at the University of Michigan was created to identify strategies that will result in long-term weight management for obese individuals, utilizing the latest research and clinical strategies. We are dedicated to educating, motivating, and empowering individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Please note:

This is a clinical and research program with restricted admittance.

Patients must meet certain eligibility criteria. Patients are accepted and enrolled into program after comprehensive review by the multidisciplinary team. All patients must meet one of the following BMI criteria:

  • A BMI ≥ 35 kg/m2
  • If Asian, a BMI ≥ 27 kg/m2
  • Please use this BMI chart to find your BMI or use a standard BMI calculator found on the Internet.