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A Clinical View of the Obesity Problem

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Science  07 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5608, pp. 859-860
DOI: 10.1126/science.1082319

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The increased rate of obesity in the past decade is caused by a larger rate of energy input than energy expenditure. But this simple explanation belies the complexity of the possible solutions: Education about obesity needs to improve for both the medical community and the public. Successful treatment will require reforms of medical practice as well as more research to facilitate the development of new drugs.

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