patients with obesity
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The United States has long recognized obesity as a serious health condition. In February 1985, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in its Consensus Development Conference Statement (1) declared "The evidence is now overwhelming that obesity, defined as excessive storage of fat, has adverse effects on health and longevity."

The obesity epidemic continues to grow unabated in the United States (2,3). And now, it has become a serious health problem in "both developed and developing countries in the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization" (4).
1NIH Consensus Conference Statement, Health Implications of Obesity. Annals of Internal Medicine, 1985; 103 (6 pt 2):1073-1077.
2Mokdad AH, et al. The spread of the obesity epidemic in the United States, 1991 - 1998. Journal of American Medical Association, 1999; 282:1519-1522.
3Blackburn GL. Managing obesity in America: An overview. Advanced Studies in Medicine 2002;2(2):40-49.
4Regional Office for the Western Pacific of the World Health Organization, the International Association for the Study of Obesity and the International Obesity Task Force. The Asia-Pacific perspective: Redefining obesity and its treatment. Health Communications Australia Pty. Limited, February 2000.
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