Physicians with current and valid licenses in the United States, Canada,
or Mexico who read any 3 of the selected continuing medical education (CME)
articles in this issue of JAMA, complete the CME Evaluation Form, and fax
it to the number or mail it to the address at the bottom of the CME Evaluation
Form are eligible for category 1 CME credit. There is no charge.
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carefully about how this new information may influence their own practices.
The educational objective for each CME article is given after the article
The following articles in this issue may be read for CME credit:
Recent Advances in Basic Obesity ResearchArticle
Educational Objective: To become familiar with
new research into the genetics and physiology of obesity.
The Spread of the Obesity Epidemic in the United States,
Educational Objective: To learn that the prevalence
of obesity in the US may be increasing rapidly.
The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and
Educational Objective: To learn that several
chronic diseases may be associated with obesity.
Annual Deaths Attributable to Obesity in the United
Educational Objective: To understand that obesity
may be a major cause of mortality in the United States.
Dietary Fiber, Weight Gain, and Cardiovascular Disease
Risk Factors in Young AdultsArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that a high-fiber
diet may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Relationship Between Low Cardiorespiratory Fitness
and Mortality in Normal-Weight, Overweight, and Obese MenArticle
Educational Objective: To understand the relationship
of obesity and cardiovascular fitness to mortality.
Effects of Intermittent Exercise and Use of Home Exercise
Equipment on Adherence, Weight Loss, and Fitness in Overweight WomenArticle
Educational Objective: To learn that weight
loss and cardiovascular fitness may vary by exercise duration.
Reducing Children's Television Viewing to Prevent
Educational Objective: To learn that children
who decrease their television viewing may lose excess weight.
Are Health Care Professionals Advising Obese Patients
to Lose Weight?Article
Educational Objective: To learn that obese
adults may be more likely to attempt weight loss if advised to do so by their
After reading 3 of these articles, complete the CME Evaluation Form.
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