The Treatment of Obesity: What's New, What's Recommended

Sarwer, David B.; Wadden, Thomas A.
May 1999
Journal of Women's Health & Gender-Based Medicine;May99, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p483
Academic Journal
The article deals with a study which reviewed weight loss recommendations and provide suggestions for assessing patients for weight loss treatment. The prevalence of obesity in the United States has increased, with approximately one third of American men and women considered obese. Obese individuals who seek weight reduction frequently lose weight with the goal of returning to their ideal body weight. Fit the majority of obese persons, however, teaching their ideal body weight is an unattainable goal, few people are able to maintain even more modest weight losses over the long term. The result is that many obese persons end up feeling frustrated, if not defeated, by their weight loss efforts. The prevalence of obesity in the United States has increased, with approximately one third of American men and women considered obese. The traditional goal of obesity therapy has been the reduction of body weight to an ideal weight, frequently defined by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co's height-weight tables.


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