Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that addresses the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity.

Approximately 400 million adults are classified as obese around the world (World Health Organization [WHO], 2009), and by 2015 there may be 700 million adults with this condition. Obesity can lead to serious health risks, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, and cancer (WHO, 2009). Obesity also contributes to psychosocial and societal problems resulting in job absenteeism, less education, fewer housing and work opportunities, restricted access to health care, and reduced social participation due to social stigma.

Individuals with obesity face limitations in their ability to execute daily activities, especially if they have other medical complications or comorbidities.

A Step Forward OT Rehab occupational therapist can provide services to individuals receiving specialized bariatric care or to individuals with other medical conditions who have obesity as a secondary diagnosis to enhance their functional capabilities while performing activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and toileting, with particular attention to areas requiring sufficient reach and flexibility (e.g., washing and drying the buttocks, back, and feet).

We will advise on the use of proper and safe durable medical equipment, such as adaptive equipment for showering or for transferring from and into the bed, dressing, etc.

An OT will also assess your living or working place to improve environmental access.