The increasing incidence of overweight and obesity in adults and children is a significant threat to our nation's health. Physicians must address and counsel patients to halt this escalating disease. The primary goal is to reduce caloric intake by 500 to 1,000 kcal/day and establish long-term healthy eating and physical activity habits. The strategies and counseling methods used will vary depending on the patient's needs and abilities. Overall, the best diet is one that can be followed for a lifetime. Pharmacotherapy and surgical options should be considered in appropriate patients.
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