Obese adults may soon be referred to behavioral counseling

Experts say studies have shown this type of counseling is effective in helping patients start a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

Experts say studies have shown this type of counseling is effective in helping patients start a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

(NBC) - Obese or overweight adults at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease may soon be referred to behavioral counseling.

That's according to a new draft statement from the US Preventive Services Task Force.

It recommends diet and lifestyle counseling for overweight people with at least one other risk factor for heart disease or stroke, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, or diabetes.

Experts say studies have shown this type of counseling is effective in helping patients start a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

The task force is accepting comments from the public about this draft statement until June 9th.

The full recommendation can be found at www.uspreventativeservicestaskforce.org.


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