April 1, 2014
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Obesity in the United States is an epidemic affecting approximately 72 million Americans. Individuals with body mass index (BMI) > 30 kg/m2 have nearly a 100% increased risk of premature death as well as increased risk of developing more than 40 obesity-related diseases. With the recent recognition by the American Medical Association that obesity is a disease, it is incumbent upon primary care physicians to address our obese patients in a disease-model.