Obesity and Overweight

Family physicians should counsel all patients on nutrition, physical activity, and behavioral strategies to prevent inappropriate weight gain and obesity. Family physicians should screen all adult patients for obesity and offer intensive counseling and behavioral interventions to promote sustained weight loss for obese adults. (Intense counseling involves more than one session per month for at least 3 months). Overweight and obesity are defined as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines them. Reasonable and necessary diagnosis and treatment should be paid by third party payers.

Family physicians participate in local, state and national efforts to improve nutrition and encourage physical activity for both children and adults. (2004) (2009 COD)