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Management of Obesity in Adults

This supplement was sponsored by Primary Care Education Consortium and Primary Care Metabolic Group and is supported by funding from Novo Nordisk Inc. It was edited and peer reviewed by The Journal of Family Practice.
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More than one-third of adults and one-sixth of children and adolescents in the United States are obese (ie, body mass index [BMI] ≥30 kg/m2).1 This is more than double the prevalence in 1994).2 Also of great concern, is that the prevalence of extreme obesity (BMI ≥40 kg/m2) rose from 3.9% to 6.6% in the United States from 2000 to 2010, a 70% increase.3 As primary care providers, family physicians contend on a daily basis with cardiovascular and other health consequences of this burgeoning epidemic.

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