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The goal of treatment is to lower weight to a point where it is no longer a health risk. A person should try to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week until a goal weight is reached and maintained.
Obesity is treated with:
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Last reviewed November 2019 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 2/9/2021