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J Fam Pract. 2003 Jan;52(1):34-42.

Effective management of obesity.

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Department of Family Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA.


Successful treatment of obesity usually requires multiple interventions. The choice of therapies should be guided by the initial assessment of a patient's degree of obesity and comorbid conditions, if present. A variety of interventions can achieve short-term weight loss, but rebound weight gain is common when therapy is stopped. Thus, programs for weight maintenance are critical to ultimate success.

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