Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Behavioral Treatment for Weight Loss Works in Primary Care Setting

Intensive behavioral counseling can help patients lose a significant amount of weight, but it's rarely delivered by primary care doctors, researchers reported here. In a meta-analysis, patients who had counseling achieved a maximum weight loss of 6.6 kg (about 14 lbs), compared with a top loss of about 2 kg (about 4 lbs) for those who did not participate in such programs, reported Thomas Wadden, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues here at Obesity Week and simultaneously online in the Journal of the American Medical Association. But in none of the studies was that intervention delivered by primary care doctors alone, they reported. "The present findings suggest that a range of trained interventionists, who deliver counseling in person or by telephone, could be considered for treating overweight or obesity in patients encountered in primary care settings," they wrote. more

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