Providers may help bolster weight loss in obese patients

11/14/2011 | USA Today

Obese patients who received enhanced lifestyle counseling from their primary-care providers lost 10 pounds on average, while those who had brief lifestyle counseling lost 6.4 pounds and those in standard care lost 3.7 pounds, researchers reported at the American Heart Association's annual meeting. Doctors who offer more resources and the help of registered dietitians and other health professionals may help dieters achieve significant weight-loss results, said study lead author Thomas Wadden.

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