The Weight Control Center at Fairfield County Medical Group
The Weight Control Center at Fairfield County Medical Group, P.C. is dedicated to providing compassionate evidence-based care to patients who struggle with their weight. As an internist and endocrinologist for over 20 years, I (Dr. Rich) experienced two major frustrations in caring for overweight patients. First, I knew many of my patients with an unhealthy weight would develop complications such as diabetes, heart disease and other disorders. Despite my patients’ best intentions to lose weight by following a healthy diet and exercising, a majority were unsuccessful and developed weight-related complications. My second frustration was watching patients spend hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars on unproven and sometimes unsafe therapies for weight management. These patients would inevitably gain all their weight back. As a physician, I felt that I was failing my patients and wanted to learn more about effective medical therapies to help my patients with the challenge of losing weight.
In 2015, I completed extensive training in the new Internal Medicine subspecialty of Obesity Medicine. In early 2016 I became certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine as an ABOM Diplomate, which represents the highest level of achievement in Obesity Medicine. I founded the Weight Control Center at Fairfield County Medical Group so that I could effectively implement an effective multidisciplinary approach to managing patients with obesity.
Nutritionist: A lifestyle based on healthy eating is important in managing patients with an unhealthy weight. Our nutritionist works with patients to establish a way of eating that will lead to both improved health and weight loss. Since weight issues tend to be a life-long struggle, establishing a healthy eating style is more important than a quick-fix “diet”.
Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Diabetic Educator: Many patients with Obesity have also developed type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Our Nurse Practitioner/Diabetes Educator is able to work with patients with Diabetes in a weight-centric manner to help manage both medical diseases.
Bariatric Surgery: I work closely with several of our local bariatric surgeons and counsel patients about the risks and complications of these procedures. I help manage patients following their procedures and work with patients to prevent weight regain that can occasionally occur following bariatric surgery.
Patients: The most important part of our team is the patient. No medical therapy will work unless we work together toward a common goal. No one therapy fits all. We are dedicated to working with each patient as an individual to make joint decisions on which weight loss plan best addresses the patient’s needs.
GLENN M. RICH, M.D.