The RFO Program has been in operation for over twenty-five years (originated in the mid-1970's by Morton H. Maxwell, MD). The RFO Program was one of the first university programs to perform research and clinically practice the use of very low calorie diets (VLCD) in the treatment of severe obesity. This program was among the first to utilize prescription appetite-suppressants as an integral component of obesity treatment.
What constitutes a state-of-the-art weight loss facility?
In the medical literature, obesity is referred to as a "multifactorial disorder". This means that there is no single cause for overweight or obesity. Rather, it is a combination of genetic, metabolic, psychosocial, environmental and behavioral factors. Therefore, no single scheme or technique for weight loss will be successful in all overweight individuals.
Rather, a truly comprehensive program must include a variety of modalities and techniques. Patient care must be individualized, so that the techniques and resources most likely to be successful in any given patient are employed.
A state-of-the-art program should also continually analyze its own results and success rates as well as those of others in order to modify and constantly improve its results. It must, of course, adhere to the first principle of the Hippocratic oath: "Above all do no harm."