Weight loss programs not the best treatment for obese patients

February 13, 2015 10:14 AM

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Weight loss programs not the best treatment for obese patients

Plenty of people who are obese and medically need to lose weight say they get sick and tired of being told to eat less and exercise more. And for good reason: A growing body of research finds lifestyle and behavioral modifications often are not enough to help someone drop a significant amount of weight and keep it off.

A new paper published in the journal Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology argues that it's high time for obesity to be recognized as a serious chronic disease with biological causes -- not just a result of poor eating habits and sedentary behavior.

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