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New Obesity Guidelines:  Promise and Potential

Michael D. Jensen, MD1; Donna H. Ryan, MD2
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1Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
2Pennington Biomedical Research Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
JAMA. 2014;311(1):23-24. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282546.
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Obesity is a major contributor to many chronic diseases and, because more than 1 in 3 US adults are obese,1 a public health challenge. The goal of new obesity guidelines is to help primary care clinicians manage obesity more effectively. Obesity 2 (published as “2013 ACCF/AHA/TOS Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults”2) has been long awaited. The expert panel for Obesity 2 was first convened in September 2008 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and tasked with updating Obesity 1 (published in 1998 as “Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults—The Evidence Report”3). In 2013, the NHLBI elected to partner with the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to promote and publish the guidelines.4

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