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Supplement Article  |   April 1999
Advances in the understanding and treatment of obesity
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Supplement Article   |   April 1999
Advances in the understanding and treatment of obesity
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 1999, Vol. 99, S7-S11. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.4.S7
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 1999, Vol. 99, S7-S11. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.4.S7
Abstract

The epidemic of obesity in the United States has major consequences for society. Healthcare proViders need to have an appreciation for obesity's complexity and related multiple comorbid medical problems. This article reviews the epidemiology, definitions, and assessment of obesity with emphasis on its clinical consequences. In addition, current techniques in evaluating and treating the obese patient are also described.