This guide is largely based on the evidence of an Evidence Report issued in 1998 by the National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute's Obesity Education Initiative: Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, & Treatment of Overweight & Obesity in Adults. This guide describes how health care practitioners can provide their patients with the direction & support needed to effectively lose weight & keep it off. Provides the basic tools needed to assess & manage overweight & obesity. The guide includes practical information on dietary therapy, physical activity, & behavior therapy, while also providing guidance on the appropriate use of pharmacotherapy & surgery as treatment options. Illustrated.Pi-Sunyer, F. Xavier is the author of 'Practical Guide Identification, Evaluation, And Treatment Of Overweight And Obesity In Adults', published 2000 under ISBN 9780756719180 and ISBN 0756719186.