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Top Weight Loss Clinics

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author image Shannon Marks
Shannon Marks started her journalism career in 1994. She was a reporter at the "Beachcomber" in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and contributed to "Philadelphia Weekly." Marks also served as a research editor, reporter and contributing writer at lifestyle, travel and entertainment magazines in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Temple University.
Top Weight Loss Clinics
Obese people are at risk for heart disease and stroke. Photo Credit canjoena/iStock/Getty Images

About two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, according the Weight-Control Information Network. Overweight and obesity raises your risk for developing life-threatening, chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and osteoarthritis. If you have a body mass index of 30 or higher, you may have found that battling obesity alone is impossible. A weight loss clinic is a treatment facility for people with medically severe weight loss issues.

The Duke Diet & Fitness Center

The Duke Diet & Fitness Center, part of Duke University, is one of the top weight clinics in the world. It offers three distinct residential and outpatient programs in addition to supplemental and family programs. The multi-week intensive programs include a medical and fitness evaluation; individual consultations for behavior health, fitness, lifestyle coaching and nutrition; behavior, health and nutrition lectures; group therapy and workshops; healthy meals and snacks; cooking demonstrations, fitness classes and alternative therapeutic services such as smoking cessation and massage therapy. The five-day intensive program is a condensed version of the multi-week programs with health evaluations and treatment recommendations. The Duke Diet & Fitness Center operates several locations in North Carolina and the Southeast.

Brookhaven Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

The Bariatric Wellness Program at Brookhaven Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in New York is a world-renowned weight loss clinic that has appeared on television documentaries. Brookhaven is a program for the super-obese -- individuals whose weight ranges from 400 pounds and up -- and for those whose needs are beyond the capabilities of other weight loss clinics. Brookhaven offers treatment to severely ill, high-risk patients who require urgent treatment and are, more often than not, unable to leave their bed. The clinic has oversized wheelchairs, beds and a special scale.

The Canyon Ranch Weight-Loss Program

The Canyon Ranch Weight-Loss Program at the Life Enhancement Center in Tucson, Arizona, offers one- or two-week intensive programs. Canyon Ranch is an integrative program that offers spiritual and medical solutions for attaining your weight loss goals. Throughout the year, the Life Enhancement Center offers weeklong, specialty programs such as focusing on heart health, a retreat for women and spirituality. The main program features nutrition consultation, lectures led by health professionals, customized eating and exercise plans based on medical evaluations, cooking demonstrations, daily physical activates, support groups and home coaching services.

Nemours Center for Integrative Pediatric Obesity Care

Nemours Center for Integrative Pediatric Obesity Care is one of the few weight clinics serving and researching childhood obesity. The center provides a medical and lifestyle evaluation and personalized health management plan and leads efforts to prevent and provide clinical care for youth at risk of, or found to be, overweight or obese. Children receive consultations with registered dietitians, exercise specialists and psychologists. Nemours offers after-hours weight management support groups that address physical, nutritional and emotional needs. It offers group exercise classes, cooking and nutrition courses, as well as family and parenting support groups. Nemours also offers treatment for related health problems affected by obesity, such as gastroenterology, cardiology and orthopedics. Nemours has locations in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Florida.

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