Nearly two-thirds of Americans are considered overweight or obese. Recognizing the importance of medical treatment for obesity, Greenwich resident and Stamford Hospital physician Madhu Mathur is the first physician in Connecticut, and among the first nationwide, to receive the Achievement of Diplomate from the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) and become certified to treat individuals with the disease.
Obesity medicine physicians provide a comprehensive approach to treatment, which may include support from other healthcare providers, including nutritionists, exercise physiologists, psychologists and bariatric surgeons.
To become an ABOM diplomate, an applicant must possess the required training and experience qualifications, meet the continuing medical education requisites and pass a stringent certification exam.
The certification is valid for seven years, and requires a thorough understanding of the treatment of obesity and the genetic, biologic, environmental, social and behavioral factors that contribute to the disease.
“Many Americans are struggling to find the adequate support and treatment they need to lose weight and improve their health,” Dr. Mathur said.
“A medical specialty in obesity allows me to focus my efforts on helping people identify the right combination of diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and medical treatments to get them on the track to a healthier weight.”
Dr. Mathur is involved in a number of obesity education and prevention programs to benefit the community.
She is the chair of the Childhood Obesity Prevention and Intervention Task Force, a collaborative, citywide effort to educate about and combat obesity.
She also serves as the director for Kid’s Fitness and Nutrition Services (KIDS’ FANS), another community-wide collaborative program, sponsored by Stamford Hospital, designed to promote smart eating, physical activity and a healthy weight among children.