Obesity is associated with a long list of serious medical complications that impair health, reduce quality of life, and shorten lifespan.1 These complications can be improved or completely resolved by weight loss. Therefore, obesity is a legitimate medical concern that should involve the implementation of therapeutic weight loss by primary practice physicians. However, an evaluation of a large primary care database in the United States found that only 20% of obese patients were given a diagnosis of obesity, and only 40% of those patients were given an obesity management plan.2 These data suggest that general medical practices are not addressing the issue of weight management in obese patients.
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