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Obesity, now recognized as the most prevalent metabolic disease worldwide, has reached epidemic proportions in both developed and developing countries. The World Health Organization has declared obesity a global epidemic. Obesity and its related health issues present an unprecedented and underestimated public health challenge. However, many physicians lack the understanding or desire to counsel their patients and ultimately encourage weight loss and maintenance. The goal of this resource center will be to help educate primary care physicians, as well as other healthcare providers, in the treatment options for obesity leading to improvements in obesity-related comorbidities and enhanced survival rates.
Commercial support for this community resource center is provided by an educational grant from Vivus.