About the Weight Control Clinic
Dr W Gauché
The Weight Control Clinic in Pretoria was founded by Doctor W. Gauché. Since 1970 the Weight Control Clinic provided a safe and effective, medically supervised weight loss program. Dr. Gauché’s bariatric* medical practice focuses on identifying medical and dietary reasons for weight gain and obesity. At 74 years of age, Dr Gauché has decided that it’s time to retire!
*Bariatric (Wikipedia): the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity and overweight
Dr. Gauché studied medicine at the University of Pretoria where he graduated in 1966. In 1970 Dr. Gauché established The Weight Control Clinic Pretoria. From 1980-1990 Dr. Gauché held a membership with The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP). Since the opening of the first clinic in 1970 Dr. Gauché has treated over 73,000 patients.
Dr Arien van der Merwe
Dr Arien van der Merwe (MBChB FRSPH MISMA) has bought his practice, and will continue Dr Gauché’s scientific and clinically proven treatment protocol, while adding the mental-emotional, health coaching and educational components.
Treatment consists of a comprehensive, individualised medical weight release program, a scientifically formulated eating plan and an integrative medicine approach, including effective and well researched botanical medicine and scientifically formulated and proven, nutriceuticals. There are many medical, mental-emotional and dietary reasons for weight gain and obesity. At the Weight Control Clinic, a dedicated team of professional health practitioners, work with the individual to establish the cause and provide the best possible treatment, with ongoing motivation and support.
Reasons for weight control problems include insulin resistance, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, blood lipid disorders, hormonal imbalance and the many erroneous beliefs around body weight, healthy living, exercise and fitness, food and nutritional facts, as well self image. These are explored with each individual and a comprehensive weight release programme is discussed, planned and then developed in cooperation with each patient, for a truly personalised programme that seamlessly fits into each patient’s lifestyle.
Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB (Pretoria) FRSPH (London) MISMA (UK) studied medicine at the University of Pretoria, graduating in 1980. She has been in private practice both fulltime and part time, for more than 30 years, specialising in body-mind and integrative, natural medicine and stress management since 1995.
Arien is a wellknown and experienced public speaker and trainer, internationally published author, of more than 17 books on health and wellness, and specialist corporate health and wellness service provider since 1998. Dr Arien writes for, and consults regularly, to many magazines in South Africa, and has appeared in countless national radio and TV shows as guest. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health in the UK, for the work she does in South Africa to promote public health and wellness through education, training and communication.
She is also a Member of the International Stress Management Association, UK branch. Arien has been on a life long journey to release her own weighty issues, and believes in a holistic, integrative approach to optimise health and wellbeing.