Obesity Medicine Certification Leads Trend in American’s Weight Loss Efforts

People are seeking out medical-based weight loss programs supervised by certified physicians like the new program offered by AIM Health. It’s a national trend that’s cutting into the $64 billion dollar weight loss industry. Rather than risk regaining weight, people are turning from fad diets to physicians certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. In December, 2016 the ABOM certified Dr. Kathryn Kolonic of West Linn-based AIM Health as an ABOM diplomate.

Physicians who earn an ABOM certification undergo rigorous training and an extensive examination process. Certification as an ABOM diplomate signifies specialized knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in obesity care.

The diet industry and reality TV sell false hopes that obese individuals can lose weight quickly and keep it off – but scientific research shows this myth can have disastrous effects on people’s metabolisms. An evidence-based diet is the crucial pillar of AIM Health’s Weight Loss Program.

AIM Health helps patients lose weight – and maintain a healthy weight – through four pillars: evidence-based diet, exercise, behavioral support and medication. Aim Health is piloting this program with ten patients. Most patients are losing weight through diet and exercise without medication. So far they’ve lost an average of one and a half pounds per week for 12 weeks. The patient who has lost the most weight lost a total of 27.2 pounds in 11 weeks. All patients have had a decrease in their body fat percentage. Aim Health is welcoming six new patients to the program.

“Our weight loss program is designed to address each patient’s unique medical needs,” said Dr. Kolonic. “Some patients may need medicine or supplements and some may not. We don’t immediately reach for the prescription pad.”

The program has a holistic approach to medicine and reflects the philosophy of AIM Health.

“We work to create a relationship with each patient to provide the best possible health care,” said Dr. Kolonic. “We approach obesity as more than a number on a scale. We understand its impact on patients’ unique health situations, their moods and relationships.”

Although Oregon is known for outdoor lifestyles and farmers markets selling locally grown produce, obesity is on the rise in Oregon. According to the 2016 report The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 30 percent of Oregonians are obese, up from 20 percent in 2000.

For more information on the AIM Health Weight Loss Program, visit https://aimhealthnw.com/medical-weight-loss/. To arrange an interview with Dr. Kolonic, contact Suzanne Bell at Suzanne@bellmarketinggroup.com.


About Dr. Kathryn Kolonic

Dr. Kathryn Kolonic is a skilled family medicine physician who believes time fosters her relationship with each patient. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the Obesity Medicine Association. She received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Religions from the University of San Diego and her Masters in Public Health focusing in Health Education and Health Promotion from Portland State University. She then earned her medical degree from Touro University in Henderson, Nevada. She completed her residency in Family Medicine with the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas. In her medical practice, Dr. Kolonic emphasizes shared decision making, health maintenance and preventive care. She has a special interest in medically supervised weight loss. Dr. Kolonic is a native Portlander, whose family has lived in the area for more than 120 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and quilting.


About AIM Health

Better health begins with better relationships. AIM Health is a new medical clinic that is changing how healthcare is done. Imagine a doctor who can spend time with you. A trusted professional who really gets to know you. You need more than a rushed, fifteen minutes of distracted care received after a long wait. Our West Linn primary care doctors serve several hundred patients, not several thousand. That means more time is spent with you.  It doesn’t matter where you live – in Lake Oswego, Canby, Portland or Clackamas. We’re here and we’re doing things differently at AIM Health. aim2.linkeri.net.


About the American Board of Obesity Medicine

The American Board of Obesity Medicine serves the public and the field of obesity medicine by maintaining standards for assessment and credentialing physicians. ABOM collaborates with the National Board of Medical Examiners to administer the annual credentialing exam. Currently, there are more than 2,000 ABOM diplomates throughout the United States and Canada. www.abom.org