Conditions & Treatments

Obesity

Obesity increases the risk for many diseases, especially heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

Obesity

Obesity has a far-ranging negative effect on health. People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk for developing many different health conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and bone and joint disease.

 

Treatment Programs


Massachusetts General Hospital understands that a variety of factors influence patients' health care decisions. That's just one reason why we're dedicated to ensuring patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options. Because a single option might not serve all patients, we offer a wide range of coordinated treatments and related services across the hospital. Patients should consult with their primary care doctor or other qualified health care provider for medical advice and diagnosis information.

Select a treatment program for more information:



Digestive Healthcare Center

  • Weight Center
    The Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center is a fully integrated center within the Digestive Healthcare Center that supports the spectrum of needs for people of all ages seeking help with obesity and weight loss.
Heart Center

  • Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program
    The Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center cares for women of all ages through prevention and early detection of heart disease.
  • Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center
    The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center takes a prevention-as-treatment approach to caring for the heart and overall cardiovascular system.
Imaging

  • Heart Imaging
    The Heart Imaging Program at Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging provides comprehensive diagnostic cardiac imaging, using state-of-the-art CT and MRI technology and with expert interpretation by specialty-trained cardiovascular radiologists.
  • Pediatric Imaging
    The Pediatric Imaging Program at Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging specializes in ensuring the safety and comfort of child patients while providing the latest technology and the expertise of specialized pediatric radiologists.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children

  • Raising Healthy Hearts
    Staying ahead of heart disease: Our goal is to help children and families who are facing challenges and health conditions related to weight or abnormal cholesterol levels or who have a family history of heart disease. In addition to cardiologists, our multidisciplinary team includes a metabolic expert, a nutritionist, a behavioral psychologist, a health coach and other health care professionals. They take a comprehensive approach to prevent and slow the progression of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors in high risk patients.
  • Inspired Health: Inspiring Kids with Asthma for Lifelong Health
    Inspired Health is a unique program based in the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Division of Pediatric Pulmonology that offers expert evaluation and management of both asthma and weight by a multidisciplinary team whose primary goal is to help families identify and implement simple and practical strategies for improving health.
  • Pediatric Endocrine Program and Diabetes Center
    The Pediatric Endocrinology Program and Diabetes Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is an international referral center for the management of pediatric diabetes and endocrine disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Pediatric Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Program
    The Pediatric Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children diagnoses and treats infants, children and adolescents with diverse hepatic, biliary and pancreatic disorders.
Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Midlife Women's Health Center
    The Massachusetts General Hospital Midlife Women’s Health Center brings together experts from more than 15 specialties to improve, promote and advance health care for women at menopause and beyond through research, collaboration and education.
General and Gastrointestinal Surgery

  • Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program
    The Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program at Massachusetts General Hospital offers a full spectrum of safe and effective surgical procedures for obesity, weight disorders and metabolic disease.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Body Contouring Surgery Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital’s Body Contouring Surgery Program offers a wide range of body-contouring procedures, including tummy tuck and liposuction, to reshape your body and optimize your appearance.
  • Cosmetic Surgery: Breast, Head and Neck; Body Contouring; Dermal Fillers
    Mass General offers a full range of surgical and aesthetic (nonsurgical) cosmetic procedures for men and women including breast implants and reductions, nose surgery, facial rejuvenation and liposuction.

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

The Carol and James Herscot Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) at Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children is using genetic research to better understand TSC and other diseases like cancer, autism and obesity.

A Healthy Approach to Treating Childhood Obesity

Experts from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the MGH Weight Center weigh-in on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating childhood obesity.

A Healthy Approach to Treating Childhood Obesity

Experts from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the MGH Weight Center weigh-in on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating childhood obesity.

Adolescents and Weight Loss

The challenges that face adolescents in their fight against obesity and the solutions available to help them, including weight-loss surgery.

Weight Center restructures

ACCORDING TO RECENT DATA from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, approximately one-third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years are obese.

Weight Center hosts Pediatric Obesity Collaborative Retreat

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects that three out of four obese children will become obese adults, increasing the obese adult population to 42 percent by 2030. Just days after the report, on May 10, the MGH Weight Center brought together clinicians from 24 different programs – many within MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) – for the first Pediatric Obesity Collaborative Retreat.

MassGeneral Hospital for Children Weight Center: Collaborative Research

Obesity is a unique medical problem because it affects a large proportion of the population across the entire lifespan, causes comorbidities in virtually every organ system including mental health and social functioning, typically affects several members of the same family, and is remarkably refractory to treatment. Accordingly, the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Weight Center is a unique program, with the following goals: multidisciplinary clinical care for children with obesity, lifespan approach, collaborative research.

Could a ban on large soft drinks be effective?

Christina Scirica, MD, MPH, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and weight expert, answers questions on the potential effectiveness of the New York City ban on the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces at restaurants that was passed September 7, 2012.

Could banning large soft drinks be effective in the fight against obesity?

Christina Scirica, MD, MPH, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and weight expert, answers questions on the potential effectiveness of the New York City ban on the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, delis, sports facilities, and street vendors that was passed September 7, 2012.

The link between obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Kathleen Corey, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fatty Liver Clinic and co-director of the Mass General Weight Center, discusses the connection between obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Childhood Obesity: The Intersection of Research, Policy, and Practice

Research of Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH

Facts and tips for healthy sleeping habits

The National Sleep Foundation recommends children ages 6 to 12 sleep 10-11 hours per night. With a new study published in Pediatrics by MassGeneral Hospital for Children researchers linking reduced sleep and obesity, encouraging healthy sleeping habits in children has taken on a new precedence. The study's researchers, led by Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, chief of General Pediatrics at MGHfC, offer some facts and tips to help parents ensure their kids get a good night’s sleep.

Innovative care at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

Learn more about the latest treatment options for this condition at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.