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RFO Weight Management Program

A State-of-the-Art Weight Loss Facility

Risk Factor Obesity (RFO) Weight Loss Program. UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.
Oonagh Sankar, a nurse at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center joined the Risk Factor Obesity Weight Management Program three years ago to lose weight and improve her health. Read more »
The RFO Weight Management Program has been in operation for over twenty-five years (originated in the mid-1970's by Morton H. Maxwell, MD). The RFO Program was one of the first university programs to perform research and clinically practice the use of very low calorie diets (VLCD) in the treatment of severe obesity. This program was among the first to utilize prescription appetite-suppressants as an integral component of obesity treatment.

What Constitutes A State-Of-The-Art Weight Loss Facility?

In the medical literature, obesity is referred to as a "multifactorial disorder". This means that there is no single cause for overweight or obesity. Rather, it is a combination of genetic, metabolic, psychosocial, environmental and behavioral factors. Therefore, no single scheme or technique for weight loss will be successful in all overweight individuals. Rather, a truly comprehensive program must include a variety of modalities and techniques. Patient care must be individualized, so that the techniques and resources most likely to be successful in any given patient are employed. A state-of-the-art program should also continually analyze its own results and success rates as well as those of others in order to modify and constantly improve its results. It must, of course, adhere to the first principle of the Hippocratic oath: "Above all do no harm."

Authorities in the field of obesity as well as governmental health agencies specify that state-of-the-art weight loss programs should include, in the minimum, a reduced caloric intake, physical activity promotion and a behavior modification component. Because of the high rate of recidivism and weight regain, a comprehensive program must also include an excellent long-term maintenance modality.

The RFO Program at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition is one of the few facilities in the country fulfilling all of these criteria and therefore a state-of-the-art weight loss facility!

The Risk Factor Obesity (RFO) Program

All patients are required to complete an application and return it prior to the first clinic appointment.

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Risk Factor Obesity (RFO) Program. UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.Receiving the applications in advance is essential in providing the various staff members with necessary patient medical and health history information to start patients on an individualized diet regimen on the initial visit.

The first clinic visit will be lengthy since the patient will undergo orientation to the program and medical professionals will be collecting:

  • Anthropometrical data (height, weight, BIA/body composition)
  • Biochemical data (blood drawn for laboratory tests)
  • Clinical data (physical examination, blood pressure, EKG)
  • Dietary data (weight history, current eating habits, food preferences)

The RFO program offers several dietary regimens from which to design and/or modify individualized weight loss choices. Patients may change regimens with the dietitian at any time depending upon individual goals and personal progress.

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