© 2016

Clinical Management of Overweight and Obesity

Recommendations of the Italian Society of Obesity (SIO)

  • Paolo Sbraccia
  • Enzo Nisoli
  • Roberto Vettor


  • Presents recommendations on eating plans, physical activity, and behavioral modification

  • Offers guidance on the use of bariatric surgery and the new antiobesity drugs

  • Covers all age groups and various patient subsets


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. General Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Lifestyle Modifications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Fabrizio Pasanisi, Lidia Santarpia, Carmine Finelli
      Pages 13-21
    3. Pierpaolo De Feo, Emilia Sbroma Tomaro, Giovanni Annuzzi
      Pages 23-35
    4. Carlo Rotella, Barbara Cresci, Laura Pala, Ilaria Dicembrini
      Pages 37-42
  4. Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Enzo Nisoli, Fabrizio Muratori
      Pages 45-51
    3. Luca Busetto, Luigi Angrisani, Maurizio De Luca, Pietro Forestieri, Paolo Millo, Ferruccio Santini
      Pages 53-81
    4. Lorenzo Maria Donini, Amelia Brunani, Paolo Capodaglio, Maria Grazia Carbonelli, Massimo Cuzzolaro, Sandro Gentili et al.
      Pages 83-100
  5. Obesity in Particular Conditions and Treatment Algorithm

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Massimo Cuzzolaro
      Pages 103-123
    3. Annunziata Lapolla, Maria Grazia Dalfrà
      Pages 125-130
    4. Claudio Maffeis, Maria Rosaria Licenziati, Andrea Vania, Piernicola Garofalo, Giuseppe Di Mauro, Margherita Caroli et al.
      Pages 131-147
    5. Mauro Zamboni, Elena Zoico, Simona Budui, Gloria Mazzali
      Pages 149-156
    6. Barbara Cresci, Mario Maggi, Paolo Sbraccia
      Pages 157-168
    7. Ferruccio Santini, Luca Busetto, Barbara Cresci, Paolo Sbraccia, For the SIO (Italian Society of Obesity) Treatment Algorithm COnsensus Panel (SITA-COP)
      Pages 169-171
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 173-180

About this book


These guidelines make recommendations regarding the management of individuals with a body mass index greater than 25.0 kg/m2 and cover all age groups, from children to the elderly, as well as various patient subsets. A range of measures to yield health benefits are set out, including healthy eating plans, increased physical activity, and behavioral modifications to help patients to manage obesity. In addition, recommendations are made on the use of bariatric surgery and the new antiobesity drugs. Throughout the process of developing the recommendations, every attempt was made to ensure use of a rigorous, evidence-based approach.  The guidelines are promoted by the Italian Society of Obesity (SIO) and were formulated in compliance with a prespecified process overseen by a steering committee. They are intended for use by a wide range of clinicians, including general practitioners, primary health care nurses, and primary health care professionals, and will hopefully prove of value in combating the obesity epidemic not only in Italy but across Europe and elsewhere in the world.                                            


Bariatric surgery Dietetic Metabolic disorders Obesity drugs Physical exercise Physical rehabilitation

Editors and affiliations

  • Paolo Sbraccia
    • 1
  • Enzo Nisoli
    • 2
  • Roberto Vettor
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Rome “Tor Vergata”Dept. of Systems Medicine,Medical SchoolRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Medical BiotechnologyUniversity of MilanMilanItaly
  3. 3.Center for the Study and the IntegratedUniversity of PaduaPaduaItaly

About the editors

Paolo Sbraccia, M.D, Ph.D. is Full Professor of Internal Medicine in the Department of Systems Medicine of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Chief of the Internal Medicine Unit and Obesity Center (EASO accredited Collaborating Centre for Obesity Management) at the University Hospital Policlinico Tor Vergata, Director of the Specialization School in Internal Medicine, and Chairman of the Undergraduate Course in Dietetics.

He was (2006-2010) member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Diabetes Society (SID) and he is now President of the Italian Society of Obesity (S.I.O.).

In 2011, on behalf of SIO, he coordinated the Steering Committee for the Italian Guidelines for the Management of Obesity.

He is also member of the “Scientific Advisory Group for Diabetes and Endocrinology” of EMA (London). In 2009 he was appointed by the Ministery of Health member of the Committee for the diagnostic and therapeutic appropriateness for Obesity and Diabetes.

He is member of the Editorial Board of “Eating and weight disorders” and “Internal and Emergency Medicine” and ad hoc reviewer of various scientific journals (Diabetologia; Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews; Journal of Endocrinological Investigation; European Journal of Endocrinology, Clinical Endocrinology, Aging, PLoS One, Nutrition Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases). He is also Co-Director of the official Journal of the Italian Diabetes Society “Il Diabete”.

He is member of the following learned societies: Italian Society for the study of Obesity (SIO), Italian Diabetes Society (SID), Italian Endocrine Society (SIE), Italian Society of Internal Medicine (SIMI), Italian Society for the Study of Atherosclerosis (SISA), European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), American Diabetes Association (ADA), The Endocrine Society, International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO).                                                                   

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Clinical Management of Overweight and Obesity
  • Book Subtitle Recommendations of the Italian Society of Obesity (SIO)
  • Editors Paolo Sbraccia
    Enzo Nisoli
    Roberto Vettor
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-24530-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79641-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-24532-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 180
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Endocrinology
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