Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/7/2005
Publication Date: 1/7/2005
Citation: Conard, M.W., Poston, W.S.C., Foreyt, J.P. 2005. Managing obesity in primary care. In: O'Donohue, W.T., Byrd, M.R., Cumming, N.A., Henderson, D.A., editors. Behavioral Integrative Care: Treatments That Work in the Primary Care Setting. New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge. p. 253-271. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Obesity is a major health problem in the United States and other industrialized nations. Obesity has been traditionally defined as an excess of body fat (i.e., 25% body fat in men and 33% in women. This increased body fat is associated with greater risk for a number of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. The prevalence of obesity in primary care appears to be high due its conditions (e.g., type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypertension) seeking treatment, with many obese patients (from 50% to 75%) reporting not receiving advice from their health-care providers regarding weight management strategies. A recent study of family practice offices found that 64% of the patients were obese. With such large-scale prevalence, obesity management and treatment should be seen as a problem requiring the involvement of primary care providers as well as specialists in the field.