Treatment of Obesity

  • F. Matthew Kramer
  • Laurie A. Stalker


Obesity is one of the major health problems in modern society. A recent National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference (1985) concluded that being overweight by 20% or more of ideal body weight represents a significant risk for increased mortality and morbidity. Among the health risks associated with obesity are cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and some types of cancers (Bray, 1985). In the United States, approximately 30% of women and 25% of men are 20% or more overweight. Obesity is also becoming increasingly common in children and adolescents (Gortmaker, Dietz, Sobal, & Wehler, 1987). From the mid-1960s to the late 1970s, the prevalence of obesity increased from 17.6% to 27.1% in 6- to 11-year-old children and from 15.8% to 21.9% in 12- to 17-year-olds.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Matthew Kramer
    • 1
  • Laurie A. Stalker
    • 2
  1. 1.Behavioral Sciences DivisionU.S. Army Natick Research, Development, and Engineering CenterNatickUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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