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Invited Commentary
June 2016

Obesity Management and Prevention: More Questions Than Answers

Author Affiliations
  • 1David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • 2Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, California
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(6):753-754. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.1211

More than one-third (34.9%) of the US population is obese,1 so it is critical to disseminate effective interventions to tackle this epidemic. Numerous weight management studies have been conducted, but the results have been mixed and interventions are often multifaceted, making it difficult to determine whether specific intervention characteristics, such as behavioral techniques, number of sessions, or delivery mode, lead to greater weight loss.2 Two articles in this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine3,4 test interventions that share novel attributes and raise some interesting questions about the future of obesity management and prevention.