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Clin Ter. 2006 Mar-Apr;157(2):143-52.

[Guidelines and malpractice in obesity treatment].

[Article in Italian]

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  • 1Cattedra di Alimentazione e Nutrizione Umana, Dipartimento di Neuroscienze, Facolt√† di Medicina e Chirurgia, Universit√† "Tor Vergata", Roma, Italia.



Obesity, is one of the most common nutritional disorder in developed countries. The association with several health disorders (i.e., type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemias, cholelithiasis, obstructive sleep apneas, coronary heart disease, cancer) is frequently present.


Obesity is, actually, measured using body mass index (BMI) determination. However, BMI isn't useful to predict body fat content. Skin-fold thickness, bioelectrical impedance analysis and/or dual energy x ray absorptiometry are specific tools with different capability to measure body composition (i.e., fat mass and fat-free mass). All these methods need a large data-base of age, sex and population reference values.


Obesity management (dietary treatment, monitoring of weight loss, pharmacologic approach, and surgery ) is associated with several complications and errors.

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