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Obesity and Weight Control: The Health Professional's Guide to Understanding and Treatment

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Edited by Frankle Reva T., Yang Mei-Uih. . 465 pages. Aspen Publishers, Inc., Rockville, Maryland: , 1988.. $45.00.

Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(9):754-755. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-110-9-754_3
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Obesity is a common and complex disease that presents a therapeutic dilemma for all physicians. Health implications of obesity were reviewed at a National Institutes of Health Concensus Development Conference in which it was emphasized that excess body fat is more than a cosmetic problem and affects more than the massively obese. Practitioners who assume obese patients are simply gluttons who deserve the 1000-calorie-a-day diet handout contribute to the poor therapeutic efficacy of obesity.

The underlying theme of this book is that obesity is multifaceted in cause and requires an interdisciplinary approach to therapy that includes diet, exercise, and behavior


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