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How Can I Help My Overweight or Obese Spouse/Friend/Relative?

One of my relatives/spouse is obese or overweight. What can I do?

The important thing to remember is that there is only so much that you can do. Except for extreme measures, you cannot force a person to make lifestyle changes. Even if you could, some factors are even out of the obese person's control. Those factors include genetics, hormonal imbalance, or mental disability.

I'd really help to help with their weight problem, isn't there anything I can do?

Although obesity leads to a variety of health risks, such as increased risk of a heart attack or stroke, you can make their life more comfortable and safe. Vitality Medical offers products that can help everywhere around the house. In the bathroom, you can set up a bariatric shower chair or install an extra durable bariatric toilet seat. In the bedroom, a bariatric lift or trapeze system may be appropriate in helping people get out of bed. For everywhere else, people with weight problems might benefit from a bariatric crutch, walker, or rollator.

I want to get something for him or her, but I'm worried they'll get angry. What should I do?

Obese or overweight people understand you're trying to help. It may be a good idea to talk it over with them before purchasing bariatric products (see our return policy). You may want to visit this website with them and see what they like. If you have a question that isn't answered on the website, call Customer Support at 1-800-397-5899.

If you present the problem to them in a sensitive manner, it is unlikely that they will be offended.

Are there any support groups that I can contact?

Here are a few websites that might be appropriate:

Consult your local phone book and look under topics such as "Support Groups" and "Weight Loss." There may be additional bariatric resources listed there.

Helpful sites

American Society for Bariatric Surgery
American Society of Bariatric Physicians
Business Week - "Weighing Bariatric Surgery's Risk"
WebMD - Gastric Bypass

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