Weight Management & Obesity (Adult) Program

Obesity affects approximately 70 million Americans. It is a complex metabolic disease that occurs as a result of both our genetic make-up and environmental forces. In simple terms, obesity arises from the consumption of too many calories relative to the amount of energy expended.

As a person's Body Mass Index (BMI) rises above 25, so does the risk of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.

The Weight Management and Obesity Program at the University of Michigan was created to identify strategies that will result in long-term weight management for obese individuals, utilizing the latest research and clinical strategies. We are dedicated to educating, motivating, and empowering individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Please note: This is a clinical and research program with restricted admittance.

Patients must meet certain eligibility criteria. Patients are accepted and enrolled into program after comprehensive review by the multidisciplinary team.  All patients must meet one of the following BMI criteria:

  • A BMI ≥ 35 kg/m2
    • A BMI = 32 kg/m2 with a weight-related health condition (e.g.: type 2 diabetes)
  • If Asian, a BMI ≥ 27 kg/m2

Please use this BMI chart to find your BMI or use a standard BMI calculator found on the Internet.

Principles of the Clinic

We believe in personalized medicine, not a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Many factors impact losing weight and keeping that weight off. We take an integrated approach to weight management by:

  • Assisting patients in attaining a healthy diet
  • Providing guidance in increasing physical activity
  • When appropriate, prescribing medications to help promote further weight loss and maintenance of weight loss

Costs

You must have BCBSM*, Blue Care Network, HAP or Priority Health to participate in this program. Costs for meal replacements that are employed as part of the individual weight loss program are the responsibility of the patient and are NOT covered by insurance. Some flexible spending accounts allow you to deduct the costs of meal replacement.

In addition, patients may be responsible for insurance co-pays for office visits and prescription medications. Costs for meal replacements that are employed as part of the individual weight loss program are also the responsibility of the patient.

*It is the patients responsibility to determine if services are a covered benefit.  For example, BCBS PPO plan holders may not be covered.

Overview of the Program

Diet - Patients are prescribed a low-calorie diet that includes meal replacements during the first three months. After achieving weight loss, patients will be maintained on a low-calorie diet using everyday foods tailored to their personal preferences. Patients are given guidance about nutrition, portion sizes, and how to track their food intake. These resources will help patients maintain their weight loss after completion of the program.

Physical Activity - Patients are required to perform 40 minutes of light to moderate physical activity (can be divided into 10 minute intervals) during the first 3 months and are graduated to a greater intensity and duration during the weight maintenance phase. Exercise physiologists can help tailor a program.

Application Steps

1. Review the ORIENTATION to the Weight Management Program:  

The following are OPTIONAL learning items (please refer to the main presentation for context):

2. Then take this Self-Assessment QUIZ:

http://mmoc.med.umich.edu/MEND/quiz.php

Please review the information in the orientation ppt carefully. You have 3 attempts to pass the quiz.  If you should repeatedly fail the quiz, you are ineligible to participate in this program.

3. Record the confirmation number from the QUIZ:

Please record the confirmation number that you receive after you have passed the Self-Assessment Quiz, and provide this to the appointment scheduler to prove that you reviewed the orientation information and passed the quiz.

4. Complete the Initial Evaluation Form and the Questionnaires listed below

Before your appointment can be scheduled, you must send the completed Initial Evaluation Form and Questionnaire by faxing, emailing, mailing via the US postal service or dropping off at our clinic:

FAX: 734-998-1439
EMAIL:  MEND-DF-Callcenter@med.umich.edu

MAILING ADDRESS:
Domino’s Farms, Lobby C, Ste 1300
Attn:  MEND – WM
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive
Ann Arbor, MI  48106-0451

STREET ADDRESS:
Weight Management Program
Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes / Podiatry Clinic
Domino's Farms, Lobby C, Suite 1300
4000 Ave Maria Drive (use for GPS and map programs)
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Map and directions

5. Schedule your appointment:  866-266-5221 toll-free  or 734-647-5871 local

Instructions and Required Forms

Patient Letter

Please complete these forms/questionnaires and fax, email,  send or drop them off to the numbers/addresses provided above:

Research Opportunities:

  • Identification of phenotypic factors that predict success for weight loss and long-term weight maintenance
  • The Impact of intensive dietary intervention on weight and health outcomes

You and your physician will decide which study is best suited for you during your assessment visit.

Our Care Team

Our staff of experienced providers are dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of obese and overweight individuals:

Our research is sponsored by the Michigan Metabolomics and Obesity Center/Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, of which Charles F. Burant, MD, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular & Integrative Physiology, is Director.

Publications

Below are links to PDF articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals about our research program and our patients' successes:

The Impact of a Managed Care Obesity Intervention on Clinical Outcomes and Costs: A Prospective Observational Study - Obesity, 2013

Very-low-energy diet for type 2 diabetes: An underutilized therapy? - Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, 2014

Factors associated with participant retention in a clinical, intensive, behavioral weight management program - BMC Obesity, 2015

Impact of weight loss on waist circumference and the components of the metabolic syndrome - BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, 2017

Improvement in the Spatial Distribution of Pain, Somatic Symptoms, and Depression After a Weight Loss Intervention – The Journal of Pain, 2017

Contact Us

Phone: (734) 647-5871 or 866-266-5221 (toll-free)

Fax: 734-998-1439