Weight Loss

Florida Family Practice -  - Primary Care Physician

Ronald Manalo, M.D.

Primary Care Physician located in Tampa, FL & Wesley Chapel, FL

Weight Loss Specialist
Because obesity increases the risk of developing a number of life-threatening conditions, weight management is an important step in the prevention of serious disease. The compassionate team at Florida Family Practice in Tampa and Wesley Chapel, FL, work with patients to create a customized weight management plan and then support them through the process.

Weight Loss Q & A

What risks are associated with obesity?

While many patients are motivated to lose weight to improve their self-image or comfort, health is also a highly motivating factor. Patients who are overweight are at increased risk of serious diseases and problems, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke
  • Cardiovascular death
  • Certain cancers
  • Depression
  • Infertility in women
  • Erectile dysfunction in men
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Back pain
  • Gallstones
  • Gout
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease


Maintaining a healthy weight can decrease risk.


Which services are provided at Florida Family Practice?


The healthcare team at Florida Family Practice provides obesity screening, counseling, and ongoing management. Patients can expect to discuss their BMI and potential risks with their doctor, develop a weight loss plan that includes good nutrition and regular exercise, and meet with their doctor regularly to monitor progress and address the patient’s concerns.


Furthermore, the team considers the patient’s weight as a risk factor and will recommend screenings that can help diagnose and treat related conditions early.


How is appetite addressed with a weight loss plan?


Each patient has unique needs that can be addressed through a customized weight loss plan. Some patients need options that work while traveling or on a tight budget, while other patients need to incorporate options that allow them to snack between meals or satisfy a sweet tooth. The team at Florida Family Practice believes that the only successful approach to weight management is one that is customized for patient needs and success.


Are weight management services covered by insurance?

In most cases, weight management screening and counseling is charged as an office visit and covered by insurance plans that cover office visits (major medical plans may not). While weight management can provide cosmetic benefits, the greatest benefit is the prevention of disease. Patients who are unsure about insurance coverage are encouraged to discuss their concerns with the staff at Florida Family Practice, who can help them learn more.

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