Summary

The epidemic of obesity has major implications for health care now and in the future. Family physicians are in a unique position to affect this epidemic through primary as well as secondary prevention. This strategy should start in childhood but must also continue as a lifelong process. Over a lifetime, gradual restriction in caloric intake and continued participation in physical activity are necessary to maintain weight and health. Weight management should be addressed with patients and therapy tailored to the individual. Community endeavors to reduce calorie intake and increase physical activity should be supported. These efforts should be viewed as public health priorities.

www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/index.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/index.html-world www.ahrq.gov/clinic/3rduspstf/obesity/obesrr.htm www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstf/uspsobes.htm

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force; screening for obesity in adults.

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