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What is the best treatment for obesity?
22 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine
17 doctors agree
In brief: Diet and exercise
Make half your meal vegetables and fruits.
Go for variety. And keep in mind that potatoes and french fries dont count. Choose whole grains & limit refined grains. Pick the healthiest sources of protein. Drink lots of water. Stay active. Check out http://www.Sparkpeople.Com or http://www.Myfitnesspal.Com. They offers nutrition, health, and fitness tools, support, and resources that are 100% free.

In brief: Diet and exercise
Make half your meal vegetables and fruits.
Go for variety. And keep in mind that potatoes and french fries dont count. Choose whole grains & limit refined grains. Pick the healthiest sources of protein. Drink lots of water. Stay active. Check out http://www.Sparkpeople.Com or http://www.Myfitnesspal.Com. They offers nutrition, health, and fitness tools, support, and resources that are 100% free.
Dr. Michael Dansie
Dr. Michael Dansie
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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Diet
Exercise helps in many ways but unless you eat less calories than you burn, weight loss is impossible.
The good news is that there are many sources to identify calories burned by age/sex/weight and calories in every type of food. Much of the food we eat today is calorie dense - tons of calories in what looks like a small amount of food. Note: surgery for morbid obesity targets calories absorbed.

In brief: Diet
Exercise helps in many ways but unless you eat less calories than you burn, weight loss is impossible.
The good news is that there are many sources to identify calories burned by age/sex/weight and calories in every type of food. Much of the food we eat today is calorie dense - tons of calories in what looks like a small amount of food. Note: surgery for morbid obesity targets calories absorbed.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Dr. Susan McCreadie
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Beyond Diet/Exercise
What are other reasons for obesity, beyond carrying susceptible genes, eating nutrient depleted food and not exercising enough?  there's more to the picture.
 even if you're doing all these things "right" you can still struggle with your weight. http://www.getrealforkids.com/resources/real-health/obesity/2496-about-obesity.

In brief: Beyond Diet/Exercise
What are other reasons for obesity, beyond carrying susceptible genes, eating nutrient depleted food and not exercising enough?  there's more to the picture.
 even if you're doing all these things "right" you can still struggle with your weight. http://www.getrealforkids.com/resources/real-health/obesity/2496-about-obesity.
Dr. Susan McCreadie
Dr. Susan McCreadie
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Dr. Richard Nguyen
Bariatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Surgical Procedures
Statistically, the best options for the treatment of obesity are surgical procedures.
Surgeries like gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy give the highest success rates for long term weight loss, nearly 75 percent in many studies. Thats follow closely by lap band with has about a 50 percent long term success rate. Diets alone and pills only work 7-15% of the time.

In brief: Surgical Procedures
Statistically, the best options for the treatment of obesity are surgical procedures.
Surgeries like gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy give the highest success rates for long term weight loss, nearly 75 percent in many studies. Thats follow closely by lap band with has about a 50 percent long term success rate. Diets alone and pills only work 7-15% of the time.
Dr. Richard Nguyen
Dr. Richard Nguyen
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