Jun 15, 2010 Issue
Let's Treat Obesity Seriously [Editorials]

Nov 1, 2008 Issue
Evaluating Obesity and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Children and Adolescents [Article]

Obesity continues to be a growing public health problem. According to the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 17 percent of persons two to 19 years of age are overweight. The number of obese children and adolescents has tripled in the past 20 years. Obesity in adults is assoc...

Jul 1, 2008 Issue
Childhood Obesity: Highlights of AMA Expert Committee Recommendations [Article]

Childhood obesity is an increasingly serious problem; 13.9 percent of children two to five years of age, 18.8 percent of children six to 11 years of age, and 17.4 percent of adolescents 12 to 19 years of age in America are obese. Practical strategies that primary care physicians can use to tackle th...

Jun 1, 2008 Issue
Low Glycemic Diets for Obesity Treatment [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Compared with high glycemic index diets or conventional energy-restricted weight loss diets, low glycemic index diets better reduce body mass index (BMI) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. The weighted mean difference showed that patients lost an additional 1 to 2 BMI units on the low glycemic index diets.

Jan 15, 2008 Issue
Predicting Mortality Risk in Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery [Point-of-Care Guides]

Bariatric surgery has become increasingly common in the United States. Recent randomized controlled trials have shown that mortality is modestly reduced 11 years after bariatric surgery (absolute risk = 5.0 versus 6.3 percent; P = .04; number needed to treat = 77).2 The overall mortality risk within...

Dec 1, 2007 Issue
Obesity in Children [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

What are the effects of lifestyle interventions for the treatment of childhood obesity?

Jun 15, 2007 Issue
CDC Releases Report on Prevalence of Adult Obesity [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the prevalence of obesity in adults increased significantly from 1995 to 2005 in all states, based on data from the 1995, 2000, and 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys.

May 1, 2007 Issue
Exercise is an Effective Intervention in Overweight and Obese Patients [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Exercise leads to a weight loss of 1 lb, 2 oz to 16 lb, 12 oz (0.5 to 7.6 kg), compared with a 3-oz (0.1-kg) weight loss to a weight gain of 1 lb, 9 oz (0.7 kg) with no treatment. Patients participating in higher-intensity exercise lose 3 lb, 5 oz (1.5 kg) more than those participating in low-intens...

Mar 1, 2007 Issue
Are Obese Physicians Effective at Providing Healthy Lifestyle Counseling? [Curbside Consultation]

More than 40 percent of American adults are classified as obese by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and obesity is associated with many comorbidities (e.g., hypertension, type 2 diabetes, asthma, depression, orthopedic problems, sleep apnea).2 Physicians are not immune to obesity.

Sep 1, 2006 Issue
Obesity: Psychological and Behavioral Considerations [Curbside Consultation]

Assuming that medical causes of weight gain (e.g., hypothyroidism, hypercortisolism) have been ruled out, the physician should consider social, psychological, and environmental factors that may explain the patient’s weight gain and his apparent indifference.

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