Fast Five Quiz: Confronting Obesity

Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD; Elif A. Oral, MD


January 31, 2022

According to guidelines from the European Association for the Study of Obesity, the first treatment goal for patients who present with obesity is to stabilize body weight. Monitor their weight loss and waist circumference every 1-2 weeks initially to evaluate the treatment plan. Monitor these parameters once a month after 6 months of treatment.

The guidelines also advise to communicate to patients that modest slimming (ie, a 3%-5% decrease from initial body weight) can have health benefits; a 5%-10% weight loss has significant impact in reducing comorbidities. Initial obesity management should focus on a specific area, such as physical activity, nutrition, or psychological aspects. Calendar-based goals should be realistic and based on fat mass loss and a decrease in waist circumference rather than concentrating on body weight.

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