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Obesity (cont.)

What Is the Treatment for Obesity?

For most people who are overweight or obese, the safest and most effective way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. If you eat less and exercise more, you will lose weight. It is as simple as that. Any weight-loss program, including medical and surgical approaches, will also include decreasing caloric intake and exercise. There are no magic pills. Diets that sound too good to be true are just that.

When Should Someone 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, hypertension, and heart disease. The following are additional indications to see a health-care provider:

  • 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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