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Treatments for Obesity

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Treatments for Obesity

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The goal of treatment is to lower weight unil it is not a health risk. A person should try to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week until a goal weight is reached and maintained.

Obesity is treated with:


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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.