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March 24, 1997

The Treatment of ObesityA Call for Prudence and Professionalism

Author Affiliations

Clinical Nutrition Research Unit University of Chicago 5841 S Maryland Ave, MC 4080 Chicago, IL 60637

Arch Intern Med. 1997;157(6):602-604. doi:10.1001/archinte.1997.00440270024002
Abstract

A Few YEARS ago a commentary appeared in JAMA titled, "Futility and Avoidance: Medical Professionals in the Treatment of Obesity."1 In this essay, Frank appealed for respect and understanding for the obese patient as well as for those practitioners who choose to treat obesity as a serious chronic disease. Futility and avoidance pertained to the long-held attitudes of some physicians regarding obesity treatment. In his call to arms, Frank challenged the medical establishment to take obesity seriously. As a physician nutritionist who specializes in the treatment of obesity, I applauded Frank's remarks. In fact, his commentary has been mandatory reading for internal medicine residents rotating through the Nutrition and Weight Management Clinic at the University of Chicago in Illinois, as well as for our sophomore medical students during a required course in clinical nutrition. Progress achieved during the past 3 years in obesity research and treatment has served to

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