General practitioners and family physicians are qualified to diagnose obesity-related medical problems, according to the Obesity Action Coalition. Both types of doctors prescribe to an holistic approach when helping patients overcome obesity and other weight-related issues.
Treatment of obesity with physicans and practitioners is centered around three solutions: diet, exercise and medication, states the Obesity Action Coalition. Surgical intervention is recommended if a person can't lose weight through diet, exercise or medication. Men and women who are diagnosed with morbid obesity are prime candidates for bariatric surgery. With bariatric surgery, a patient can experience weight loss of 40 to 80 percent within two or three years after the operation. However, the patient may experience inadequate weight loss or regain weight.