Clinical guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults: the evidence report

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National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 1998 - Health & Fitness - 228 pages
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An estimated 97 million adults in the United States are overweieht or obese. Obesity is a complex multifactorial chronic disease that develops from an interaction of genotype and the environment. Our understanding of how and why obesity develops is incomplete, but involves the integration of social, behavioral, cultural, physiological, metabolic and genetic factors. While there is agreement about the health risks of overweight and obesity, there is less agreement about their management. The intent of these guidelines is to provide evidence for the effects of treatment on overweight and obesity. The guidelines focus on the role of the primary care practitioner in treating overweight and obesity.

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