Jun 1, 2006 Issue
Joint Position Statement on Obesity in Older Adults [Practice Guidelines]

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO), and the Obesity Society have issued a joint position statement that includes a review of concerns related to obesity in older persons and weight management guidelines for patients in this age group.

May 15, 2006 Issue
Screening for Overweight in Children and Adolescents [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case study: EH is a five-year-old boy seeing you for a routine well-child examination. His mother is concerned about his weight. He weighs 55 lb (25 kg), and his height is 42.5 in (108 cm). His body mass index (BMI) is 21.4 kg per m2, which places him in the 95th percentile for his age.

May 1, 2006 Issue
Determining Eligibility for Gastric Bypass Surgery [Curbside Consultation]

This case scenario brings up two issues: (1) whether the patient should undergo a risky procedure that might benefit her and (2) responsible allocation of health care resources. First, American College of Physicians (ACP) guidelines1 recommend optional bariatric surgery for those who have BMIs great...

Apr 15, 2006 Issue
Caring for Patients After Bariatric Surgery [Article]

Bariatric surgery leads to sustainable long-term weight loss and may be curative for such obesity-related comorbidities as diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea in severely obese patients. The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass has become the most common procedure for patients undergoing bariatric surgery. The...

Apr 15, 2006 Issue
Obesity in Pregnancy: ACOG Committee Opinion [Practice Guidelines]

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released an opinion statement on issues specific to pregnancy in obese women. Women who are obese are at increased risk of complications of pregnancy such as gestational hypertension and diabetes, preeclampsia, fetal macrosomia, spon...

Jan 1, 2006 Issue
Controlling Obesity: School, Work, and Leisure [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Task Force on Community Preventive Services reviewed school- and worksite-based strategies for the short-term prevention and control of overweight and obesity.

Jan 1, 2005 Issue
DVDs on Childhood Overweight and Obesity [Practice Guidelines]

Dec 15, 2004 Issue
Recommendations to Reduce Obesity in Children and Adolescents [Practice Guidelines]

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has released recommendations that aim to reduce obesity in children and adolescents, by increasing and improving opportunities for children to engage in physical activity and eat a healthy diet.

Dec 1, 2004 Issue
Pharmacologic and Surgical Treatment of Obesity [Practice Guidelines]

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new report entitled, “Pharmacological and Surgical Treatment of Obesity.”

Nov 1, 2004 Issue
Common Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss [Article]

Over-the-counter dietary supplements to treat obesity appeal to many patients who desire a 'magic bullet' for weight loss. Asking overweight patients about their use of weight-loss supplements and understanding the evidence for the efficacy, safety, and quality of these supplements are critical when...

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