Our Weight-Loss and Obesity Intervention Plans

Our assessment of patients starts by looking at their basic measurements of weight, height and waist circumference. After that, our doctors and dietitians will help you on the path to change. It all starts when we understand how ready you are for change; and accordingly, we decide on the weight management approach and protocol depending on your current health condition and history of weight-loss attempts.

Following the assessment – our team will be able to advise you better on the weight-loss solutions that we can put in place.

Which of our interventional programs will you need?

Our intervention will be based on how overweight you are, how large your waist is and the extent that your weight is putting your health at risk (for example, if you have a weight-related illness like sleep apnea, your health will be more at risk). The higher the risk to your health, the greater the intervention needed.

To categorize yourself using the table below, you will need to have measured yourself, to do so click here.

BMI classificationLow WC *
no comorbidity
High WC *
no comorbidity
Very high WC *
no comorbidity
With morbidity**
Healthy WeightCategory 1Category 1Category 2Category 2
OverweightCategory 2Category 2Category 2Category 3
Obesity IN/ACategory 3Category 3Category 4
Obesity IIN/AN/ACategory 4Category 5
Obesity IIIN/AN/ACategory 5Category 5

*Waist circumference for men: Low < 94 cm      High 94–102 cm     Very High >102 cm
* Waist circumference for women:   Low < 80 cm   High 80–88 cm  Very High > 88 cm
** This includes insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease, stroke, sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, hyperuricemia and gout, osteoarthritis, and certain cancers associated with obesity.

Category 1: Lifestyle Changes

Here, your weight is at a healthy level, but it’s possible your food choices could be improved. As part of our Nutrition and Diet Support Clinic in Dubai, we can help you make the healthiest choices for the lifestyle.

Category 2: Diet Planning and Motivational Interviewing: 3- or 6-month program

If your waist circumference and/or BMI go beyond healthy levels, you should consult our dietitian for a personalized eating plan.

Category 3: Multidisciplinary intervention, Possible Endoscopic Procedures – 6-month program

Category 3 starts with a BMI of 27 alongside co-morbidities (weight-related conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea, etc). At this level, our team of specialists will work together to start health screening and structuring the most appropriate weight-loss management solution for you. They will look at weight history, eating habits, behaviors and other factors that are assessed by our clinical dietitian and clinical psychologist.

They will help you decide between following a weight-loss diet as described in category 2, or whether to see our gastroenterologist to assess your suitability for endoscopic procedures for weight loss. An example of this type of treatment is a gastric balloon, which is a non-surgical intervention.

Depending on your health, you might also be referred to a pulmonologist (for sleep apnea), endocrinologist (for management of diabetes) or a cardiologist.

You will undergo a six-month period of medical, nutritional and psychological surveillance and management. This is the cornerstone of the success of this treatment.

Category 4: Multidisciplinary intervention, Possible Pharmacotherapy – 6-month program

If your BMI exceeds 30 and you have comorbidities (eg, diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, etc), and if the bariatric multidisciplinary team do not advise category 2 or 3 approach, we can consider pharmacotherapy (medication).

The decision to start pharmacotherapy and choosing the type and dose of medication relies on several parameters, all considered during a doctor’s assessment.

Similar to category 3, category 4 programs rely on a minimum of 6 months’ lifestyle modification realized by the multidisciplinary bariatric team, hand-in-hand with our patients.

Category 5: Multidisciplinary intervention, Possible Bariatric surgery – 12-month program

If you have either a BMI of 40, or a BMI of 35 with 2 co-morbidities (eg, diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, etc), bariatric surgery will probably be recommended by our multidisciplinary team. This is particularly the case in patients who have failed to lose weight through all other means.

With our highly experienced bariatric surgeon working with a multidisciplinary team to prepare patients for surgery and to follow-up for nine months post-surgery, we are sure of the best outcome for the patients’ over-all health.