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Medical Weight Loss - Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What makes ACMC's medical weight loss program effective?
A. Our Weight Control Center is supervised by a physician who is medically qualified to deal with the health risks of obesity. This involvement from a medical professional makes our program highly effective and unique to this area.

ACMC's Bariatrics and Weight Control Center utilizes a multidisciplinary team of physicians, dietitians, surgeons, and other health care professionals dedicated to the comprehensive treatment of weight control management and morbid obesity.

The key to any weight loss success is the ability to maintain your loss and remain at a healthy weight. We are committed to a close follow-up program that includes ongoing contact with staff as long as it is necessary to ensure success.

Q. What are the health consequences of being overweight or obese?
A. Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Certain forms of cancer

Q. What's the difference between being overweight and obese?
A. Overweight refers to an excess of body weight compared to set standards. The excess weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water.

Obesity refers specifically to having an abnormally high proportion of body fat. An individual is considered overweight when their BMI (Body Mass Index) is between 25-29.9. An adult with a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

Nearly two-thirds of adults in the U.S. are overweight, and nearly one-third are obese. The problem of being overweight in children and adolescents has nearly tripled in the past two decades. Use our online calculator to check your BMI.

Q. What type of treatment plan would I be?
A. New patients start by getting a comprehensive medical assessment. An individualized, multidisciplinary plan is created that may utilize a combination of diet, exercise, behavioral medicine, and prescription medication.

The key to weight loss success is the ability to maintain your weight loss and remain at a healthy weight. We are committed to a close follow-up program that includes ongoing contact with staff as long as it is necessary to ensure success.

Q. Do you treat children and adults?
A. Children and adults of all ages are considered for this program. All over-weight issues are addressed. While physician referrals are welcome, they are not necessary for new patients to the Weight Control Center.

Q. What is the cost?
A. Prices vary according to length of weight loss phase and level of medical supervision required for each customized plan. Some costs may be covered by health insurance.

Q. When should someone seek medical advice?
A. Talking to your physician openly and honestly about your weight is one of the best things you can do for your health. The more your weight increases, the more medical problems you may face. Your physician can help you determine whether you need to lose weight and, if so, how much. In addition to evaluating your BMI and waist circumference, your physician can review your medical history, which helps to reveal how dangerous excess fat is to your health. Your physician can also assess your current health. You may have a health problem that would improve if you lost weight.

ACMC-Willmar Skylark Center
(Medical & Surgical Weight Loss)
Skylark Center Mall
1604 South 1st Street
Willmar MN 56201
(320) 214-6222
(888) 225-6580
ACMC-Marshall
(Medical Weight Loss)
1521 Carlson Street
Marshall, MN 56258
(507) 532-1101
(866) 532-9631