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Abbott Northwestern Hospital offers new obesity treatment option

MINNEAPOLIS 01/09/2015

For most people, having a body mass index (BMI) 30 and above puts a strain on the heart and can lead to serious health problems. Weight-loss, or bariatric, surgery was the most practical weight-loss option for people who were this overweight, because it was possible for weight to be lost fast enough to thwart obesity-related diseases.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital has expanded its bariatric program to include a new non-surgical obesity treatment called the Medical Weight Loss Program. Patients work with a team of specialists: a certified weight loss physician; dietitian; health coach, and an exercise physiologist. They meet with the patient for three to 12 months with follow-up sessions if desired.

"We take a team approach to weight loss and create an individualized plan for each patient–this is not one-size-fits-all. Ours is a highly integrated, comprehensive and evidence-based program," said Roxana Merz, MD, medical director of The Weight Loss Program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

A person considering The Medical Weight Loss Program must be 18 or older, have a BMI over 30, weigh 600 pounds or less, and not be pregnant or breastfeeding. Bariatric surgery is still an option for larger people or people who have additional medical problems.

For more information, people can call 612-863-7501 or visit

About Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Abbott Northwestern Hospital is part of Allina Health. In addition to retaining its first place ranking for the best hospital in the Twin Cities and second in the State of Minnesota in the U.S. News & World Report's 2016-17 best hospital rankings, Abbott Northwestern has received nursing magnet certification, a recognition earned by only five percent of hospitals nationwide.

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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