Underlying Risk Factors Overweightobesity And Physical Inactivity

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These risk factors will be considered together because they are closely intertwined. In particular, management of physical inactivity is one therapy for obesity. Approaches to management of overweight/obesity including the following:

Energy-restricted diets Increased physical activity Behavior modification Pharmacotherapy Surgical therapy

The first three are standard therapies. Pharmaco-therapy and surgical therapy are reserved for special cases. They are used mainly for more severe forms of obesity, particularly to control comorbidities. Theoretically, they could be considered for patients with type 2 diabetes, although they have not been thoroughly evaluated in such patients. The following approach to weight loss in overweight/obese persons at risk for cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes is taken in large part from recommendations of the OEI report (1,2).

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