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About 97 million adults in the US are overweight or obese. Obesity and overweight substantially increase the risk of morbidity from hypertension; dyslipidemia; type 2 diabetes; coronary heart disease; stroke; gallbladder disease; osteoarthritis; sleep apnea and respiratory problems; and endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Today's issue focuses on obesity and overweight and provides information for patients and professionals.
The Obesity Issue

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Practical Guide: Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
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Proceed To Article Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator
The most recent government obesity guidelines propose that doctors use body mass index (BMI) to assess patients because the index is simple, correlates to fatness, and applies to both men and women. More...

Proceed To Article Quick SummaryKey Recommendations On The Identification, Evaluation, And Treatment Of Overweight And Obesity In Adults
The guidelines released by the Expert Panel On The Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults are over 80 pages long. If you're in a hurry and just want the facts and nothing but the facts, try this quick list of recommendations. More...

Proceed To Article Embrace Your Health! Lose Weight If You Are Overweight
This simple patient education handout addresses such questions as "What causes a person to be overweight?", and "How big is a serving size?" More...

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Screening For Obesity
Increased mortality in adults has been clearly documented as a result of morbid obesity, weight that is at least twice the desirable weight. Less severe obesity (e.g., as low as 26.4-28.5 kg/m) has also been associated with increased mortality in large prospective cohort studies. Although some studies have reported greater mortality among the thinnest individuals, a 1993 prospective cohort study that carefully controlled for smoking and illness-related weight loss found a linear relationship between BMI and mortality.More...

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