Behavioral counseling can help obese people

November 6, 2014 9:43 AM

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More than 65% of American adults are obese or overweight, and the figures are alarming enough to send doctors in a flurry to find all possible ways that can help people reduce weight. Behavioral weight loss counseling can help in most of the cases, but researchers from Philadelphia suggest that counseling should be done by healthcare providers who are trained for such counseling.

The health impacts of obesity range from hypertension, type 2 diabetes and heart diseases to cancer and strokes. Three years ago, the federal government consented to reimbursing primary health care providers for counseling sessions to help Medicare and Medicaid patients lose weight.

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