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Clinical Practice Guidelines

NHLBI in collaboration with NIDDK issued the "Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Evidence Report" in June 1998. It was the first Federal clinical practice guidelines to deal with overweight and obesity issues using an evidence-based approach. The guidelines provide the scientific evidence behind the recommendations for weight loss and weight loss maintenance as well as practical strategies for implementing the recommendations. In addition, the clinical guidelines have been adapted to a variety of formats to address the needs of the different health care practitioners, including physicians in primary care, nutritionists, nurses, pharmacists, health maintenance organizations, patients and the public.

The 1998 guidelines are currently being updated; see the clinical guidelines website for details (

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Last Updated March 2011

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