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Assessment of obesity management in medical examination

Leo Treyzon

Author Affiliations

Divisions of Digestive Diseases and Clinical Nutrition, Center for Human Nutrition, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 900 Veteran Avenue, Room 12–217, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA

Nutrition Journal 2005, 4:10  doi:10.1186/1475-2891-4-10

Published: 3 March 2005

Abstract

Obesity is a growing international health problem that has already reached epidemic proportions, particularly within the United States where a majority of the population is overweight or obese. Effective methods of treatment are needed, and should be taught to physicians by efficient means. There exists a disconnect between the rising obesity prevalence with its high toll on medical resources, and the lack of obesity education provided to practitioners in the course of their training. One particular shortfall is the lack of representation of obesity on standardized medical examinations. Physician attitudes toward obesity are influenced by their lack of familiarity with the management of the disease. This may include dietary restriction, increasing physical activity, behavior modification, pharmacotherapy, and surgical interventions. Thus, curricular changes in the medical education of obesity could help reduce morbidity and mortality associated with this disease.