Primary care physicians and medical students need appropriate training in biology and nutrition, along with good motivational and follow-up skills, to help obese patients, researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine. They said physicians must work in interdisciplinary care teams to promote care coordination. Yale University's Dr. David Katz, who was not among the researchers, said obesity requires a cultural solution and "the notion that doctors will bring the obesity epidemic under control is symptomatic of our tendency to over-medicalize everything."

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