Overweight, Obesity, and Fitness

Fitness: Americans in Motion--Healthy Interventions

Fitness, as defined by the American Academy of Family Physicians, encompasses three key components: physical activity, healthy eating, and emotional well-being. Americans In Motion–Healthy Interventions (AIM-HI), the American Academy of Family Physicians’ fitness initiative, recommends fitness as the treatment of choice for preventing and managing overweight, obesity, and many other chronic conditions.

Learn how to implement AIM-HI in your practice.

Overweight and Obesity

Overweight and obesity are chronic diseases associated with comorbid conditions that can result in significant effects on the health care system, as well as the physical and psychological health of individuals. As cradle-to-grave caregivers, family physicians are well positioned to use a long-term, patient-centered approach to obesity and weight-management issues.

The AAFP’s e-book, Diagnosis and Management of Obesity(26 page PDF), provides up-to-date information on managing overweight and obesity, including:

  • Epidemiology, screening, and diagnosis
  • Overweight and obesity in children
  • Behavioral, pharmacotherapeutic, and surgical options

Download the Diagnosis and Management of Obesity e-book(26 page PDF).