Clinical guidelines recommend that physicians counsel patients about a host of obesity-related health behaviors, including providing guidance about physical activity and nutrition to prevent and treat obesity. Despite considerable time and effort spent encouraging healthy eating and more exercise, substantial improvements in these behaviors or obesity outcomes have not been realized. Why? Because we are not translating evidence-based obesity-related guidelines into behaviorally sound recommendations for patients.
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