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Expertise, education, compassion needed for successful obesity practice

07:46 EDT 18 Oct 2016 | Healio

As the obesity epidemic grows, so too does the need for a structured approach to chronic obesity care. The risk for a variety of health complications, including type 2 diabetes and hypertension, rises with excess weight, according to the CDC. However, many traditional clinics are not equipped to meet the unique needs of a growing patient population.Patients with obesity, experts argue, will benefit most from an obesity medicine practice that includes a caring, knowledgeable staff, proper patient and physical resources, community partnerships and an atmosphere that motivates patients to meet their health goals.

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