Treatments for Obesity
The treatment and management of obesity involves major lifestyle changes related to your grocery shopping, food preparation, eating, and exercise habits. Medications play only a small supplementary role, and surgery is limited to people with morbid obesity or those who have life-threatening complications.
The goal of treatment is to reduce your weight to a point where it is no longer a risk to your health. This may be less weight than you would like to lose, but it may be a more realistic goal. While that is happening, measures to preserve your health and prevent the onset of medical complications may also be recommended.
Treatment involves the following:
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The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy . 17th ed. Merck & Co.; 1999.
Last reviewed February 2007 by Edward R. Rosick, DO, MPH, MS
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