In recent years, it has become clear that weight is an important health issue. Some people who need to lose weight are unaware that obesity poses a threat to good health; others who have a healthy body weight want to get thinner for cosmetic reasons. It is well known that people differ in the ease with which they store calories as fat; some people maintain a healthy weight or lose excess weight much more easily than others. Many obese people, because their metabolism differs, will have to restrict diet more and exercise more to maintain a healthy weight than naturally lean people. Many patients have had healthcare providers who have addressed weight in an insensitive manner, leaving patients feeling blamed and unsupported. Successful weight management is a long-term challenge that requires significant behavior modification.
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