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UPMC Center for Obesity Medicine

Doctors define obesity as having a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30 kg/m2, or more than 25 kg/m2 in people of Asian descent.

But the true meaning is having an unhealthy amount of fat tissue in an unhealthy place.

At the UPMC Center for Obesity Medicine, we know obesity is a chronic disease that affects people in many ways.

Our experts take a total approach to give you the best care.

We create custom treatment plans to meet your unique needs and help you manage your disease, such as through:

  • Counseling.
  • Diet.
  • Lifestyle changes.
  • Medicine.
  • Weight loss surgery.

Treating obesity isn't just about dropping pounds to achieve a weight goal. It's also about working to treat and prevent a host of health issues so you can have a better life.

Contact the UPMC Center for Obesity Medicine

3601 Fifth Avenue, Falk Suite 3B
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


What Causes Obesity?

The cause of obesity varies.

It may be due to your:

  • Genes.
  • Habits.
  • Life experiences.
  • Medicines.
  • Other health problems and issues.
  • Setting (where you live, work).

What Health Conditions Can Obesity Cause or Make Worse?

It can cause or worsen other health issues such as:

People often see us because they need to reach a certain weight or BMI before surgery or an infertility treatment. Or, they may wish to add their name to an organ transplant waiting list.

Your doctor may also suggest or require weight loss to decrease the risks of:

  • Medicines, such as hormone replacement therapy or birth control.
  • Surgeries and other techniques and treatments.

Why Choose the UPMC Center for Obesity Medicine?

Each year, we receive grant funding that our experts direct toward research. This work involves finding the latest treatments for people with obesity.

We also have a robust team of experts in: