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Health professionals do not need to be experts in the area of obesity and overweight. However, they should have the ability to assess and counsel their patients on the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle. Health professionals have a unique opportunity to encourage healthy habits at a variety venues (i.e. health fairs, routine visits, businesses, schools etc).

Research has shown that a small 3-5 minute discussion during a routine visit can contribute to patient behavior change. Research has also shown that the majority of patients want to discuss their weight-loss goals and struggles.

Use this tool kit to help assess, prevent, treat, and manage overweight and obesity in children and adults that access your practice.

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The tools provided here help to complement the skills needed to effectively manage the millions of overweight and obese individuals who are attempting to manage their weight.
The State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009 provides for the first time information on fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption and policy and environmental support within each state.† Fruits and vegetables, as part of a healthy diet, are important for optimal child growth, weight management, and chronic disease prevention.1,2 Supporting increased F&V access, availability, and reduced price are key strategies towards the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) goal of improved F&V consumption and thus improved nutrition among all Americans.
This article examines the underlying assumptions and implications for policy and the interventions of the two predominant models used to explain the causes of obesity and also suggests a synthesis that avoids “blaming the victim” while acknowledging the role of individuals’ health behaviors in weight maintenance.
The State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009 for the first time provides information on fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption and policy and environmental support nationally and by state.
NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative Expert Panel on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
Little has been published about racial/ethnic differences in the prevalence of overweight among adolescents that accounts in detail for socioeconomic status, acculturation, and behavioral and environmental factors. Increased understanding of factors associated with overweight can provide a rational basis for developing interventions to address the obesity epidemic in the United States.
Less than half of obese adults report being advised to lose weight by health care professionals. Barriers to counseling need to be identified and addressed.