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Mayo Clin Proc. 2007 Jan;82(1):93-101; quiz 101-2.

Treatment of obesity.

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  • 1Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicne, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.


For primary care physicians, obesity is one of the most challenging problems confronted in office practice. The disorder is Increasing in prevalence despite the efforts of both patients and physicians. Treatment requires a multimodality approach that addresses diet, physical activity, and behavioral issues. Medication and surgical approaches may be appropriate as well. This review outlines the evidence for each approach, suggests how primary care physicians can best help obese patients, and provides practical tips for weight loss.

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