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Effects of weight loss interventions for adults who are obese on mortality, cardiovascular disease, and cancer: systematic review and meta-analysis

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 14 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4849

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A multidisciplinary approach to the management of obesity.

Obesity accounts for 60% cases of Diabetes, 40% cases of hypertension and 20% cases of Cardiovascular diseases. The World Health Organization says that around 39% of those aged above 18 years were obese or overweight in 2014; the main cause of Obesity is a change in lifestyle. There are various treatment modalities available to treat Obesity. A multidisciplinary approach to Obesity is one in which many disciplines work with a common goal.

Dietary advice, Physical activity, Pharmacological innervations, Bariatric surgery etc. are various options available to manage Overweight and Obesity. A multidisciplinary approach like Dietary advice such as intake of low energy-dense foods and avoiding consumption of ‘fast foods’ and hot beverages like alcohol. Encouragement to do physical exercises like Yoga, breathing exercise, Psychological concealing to reduce sedentary behavior.

It is better to manage the prevalence of obesity as a traditional disease (1). These approaches are beneficial in preventive, curative and promotive aspects of the management of obesity (2). Finally, Richard Attias rightly said, ‘Obesity is a problem that nearly every nation in the world is facing, but there is much that we can do to fix it'.

1. Frank A. A multidisciplinary approach to obesity management: the physician's role and team care alternatives. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 1998 Oct 31;98(10):S44-8.
2. McMahon MM, Sarr MG, Clark MM, Gall MM, Knoetgen J, Service FJ, Laskowski ER, Hurley DL. Clinical management after bariatric surgery: value of a multidisciplinary approach. InMayo Clinic Proceedings 2006 Oct 31 (Vol. 81, No. 10, pp. S34-S45). Elsevier.

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 November 2017
Madhusudhana Kamath
Associate Professor
Division of Ayurveda ,Center for Integrative Medicine and Research ( CIMR ) Manipal University ,Manipal.