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Obesity Treatments

Published Friday, June 5, 2015

A quarter of adults in the UK are clinically obese and therefore at an increased risk of developing chronic diseases. NHS advice is to eat fewer calories and take more exercise to lose weight. Increasingly, drug treatments and surgery are being considered as a means to lose weight for extremely obese people who have had difficulty in adhering to lifestyle changes. This briefing discusses the current methods used to manage and treat obesity.

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Authors: Lucy Robinson; Peter Border

Topics: Diseases, Health education and preventive medicine, Health finance, Health services, Obesity, Science

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