Fast Five Quiz: Management of Obesity

Elif A. Oral, MD; Evelyn S. Marienberg, MD


December 19, 2022

Figure 1. Patient exercising at an obesity clinic.

The causes of obesity are multifaceted and include genetic, physiologic, behavioral, sociocultural, and environmental factors. Thus, an integrated and wide-ranging approach based on comprehensive lifestyle management (diet, exercise, and behavioral therapy), with consideration of pharmacologic therapy, is needed to achieve adequate weight loss in patients with obesity. According to Hamdy and colleagues, treatment of obesity starts with comprehensive lifestyle management and should include:

  • Self-monitoring of caloric intake and physical activity

  • Goal setting

  • Stimulus control

  • Nonfood rewards

  • Relapse prevention

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