A bariatrician is a licensed physician (Doctor if Medicine [MD] or a Doctor of Osteopthy [DO]) who, as a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP), has received special training in bariatric medicine, the medical treatment of overweight and obesity and its associated conditions. Bariatricians address the obese patients with a comprehensive program of diet and nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and, when indicated, the prescription of appetite suppressants and other appropriate medications.
A physician-supervised medical weight loss program can be the safest and wisest way to lose weight and maintain the loss. Overweight and obesity are frequently accompanied by other medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, among others. A bariatric physician is trained to detect and treat these conditions, which might go undetected and untreated in a non-medical weight loss program.