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Health Agencies Update
July 22/29, 1998

First Federal Obesity Guidelines

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JAMA. 1998;280(4):314. doi:10.1001/jama.280.4.314

About 97 million American adults—55% of the population—are considered overweight or obese, based on the first federal clinical guidelines provided to physicians to address the problem of obesity in adults.

The guidelines, developed by a 24-member expert panel and released last month by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in cooperation with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), outline a new approach for assessing overweight and obesity and establish principles for safe and effective weight loss.

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