Introduction to Real Appeal
Losing weight isn't about willpower
Recent studies show that for many people losing weight is a real medical challenge because of impairments in neurohormonal signaling that occur once a person has gained excess weight.
In addition, resistance to maintaining weight loss is a result of persistent changes in weight regulating hormones. These hormones are produced by the fat cell, stomach, intestine, and pancreas, and should give satiety signals to the brain when working properly. Obesity has been classified as a disease state due to dysregulation of this signaling and because of the impairment in physical and emotional wellbeing that a patient experiences when they gain excess weight. Obesity is a risk factor for at least 50 other medical conditions which health care providers spend a lot of time treating. There is clear evidence that losing even a small amount of weight is good for your patients' health–even a 10 lb weight loss substantially reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. In all likelihood, many of your patients would like to lose weight, but can't. Now there is an opportunity to help them.
My name is Dr. Louis Aronne and I’m the head of the scientific advisory board for Real Appeal, an online program designed to deliver long-term weight loss for your patient.
Real Appeal combines an extensive body of scientific research on weight loss and maintenance developed over the last 25 years with proven techniques that make it appealing to consumers. It is designed for patients who are overweight or obese and get little to no exercise each week. Each patient has access to a personal weight loss coach, and will attend weekly online group events that encourage improvements in fitness and nutrition habits.
In addition, participants are encouraged to complete weekly "commitment contracts" to make small lifestyle changes that lead to long-term weight loss. The program was specifically designed to qualify for insurance reimbursement and is offered at no cost to eligible participants.
Physicians are an important part of making the Real Appeal program work for their patients through encouragement, monitoring, and managing medications.
This brochure outlines contraindications and warnings for participation in Real Appeal as well as information on medications that may need to be adjusted during the weight loss process or may interfere with weight loss. For additional information on treating obesity in your patients and a more comprehensive list including medications that may cause weight gain, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org