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Obesity (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for Obesity

If you are obese, you should have a primary care physician who follows you closely and monitors you for the known complications of obesity such as diabetes and hypertension.

  • If you are overweight or obese and don't know how to lose weight
  • If you are concerned about the effects of a weight-loss diet or increased physical activity on your other medical problems
  • If you are unsuccessful at losing weight on your own
  • If you are concerned about the safety of your weight-loss method
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