Lifestyle changes need to accompany weight loss surgery

19 January 2015

The Endocrine Society has released a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on strategies to better manage obesity and promote weight loss.

Published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM), the CPG entitled Pharmacological Management of Obesity: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline recommends that diet, exercise and behavioural modifications should all be included in any weight loss strategy.

Other tools such as weight loss medications and bariatric surgery can also be combined with changes in behaviour to help limit food intake and increase physical activity. 

Patients who have been unable to successfully lose weight and maintain a goal weight may be candidates for prescription medication if they meet the criteria on the drug's label.

"Lifestyle changes should always be a central part of any weight loss strategy," said Caroline Apovian, of Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, and chair of the task force that authored the guideline. 

Posted by ​Edward Bartel 


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