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The collected papers from a symposium held at the National Institutes to set forth the state of knowledge of a chronic "disease" that in greater or lesser forms afflicts too many in the "civilized" world-obesity. The initial papers deal with physiologic factors in control of food intake and energy balance, and with psychologic causes and effects of obesity. Then obesity is assessed as a public-health problem. The endocrine and metabolic aspects of obesity are reviewed, with particular attention to diabetes mellitus. The closing papers take up methods for prevention and control, including diet and exercise, drugs, and surgery. Even though a few of these papers give skimpy treatments of their topics, the collection overall is an invaluable resource for a close acquaintance with where we are and where we are not in what we know about obesity.
Obesity In Perspective.. Ann Intern Med. ;85:708. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-5-708_6
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(5):708.
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