Managing Obesity

Saltzman, Edward; Tarnoff, Michael; Shikora, Scott
May 2007
Journal of Family Practice;May2007, Vol. 56 Issue 5, pS1
Academic Journal
The article examines issues that are of concern to primary care clinicians who seek the best outcomes for obese patients. Such issues include the assessment of body weight and health risks of obesity, patient counseling, dietary modifications for weight loss, pharmacologic agents, surgical referrals and long-term follow-up. Body mass index (BMI) can be calculated using charts and online calculators. At most levels of BMI, central fat distribution increases health risk. This fat distribution is estimated by waist circumference.


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