The US Preventive Services Task Force has issued new recommendations for clinical diagnosis and treatment of adult obesity. 12 to 26 sessions in the first year can help people manage their weight.” While obesity and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices are related health issues, Dr. Grossman emphasized that the Task Force issued two separate recommendations. He explained, “The Task Force’s obesity screening recommendation focuses on offering or referring obese patients to comprehensive weight management programs. This recommendation is intended to improve all health outcomes, and not only risks for cardiovascular disease. The healthy lifestyles recommendation focuses only on counseling to encourage healthy lifestyle choices to prevent cardiovascular disease.”
In a separate recommendation, the Task Force determined that for people who have low risk for heart disease, counseling to encourage healthy lifestyle choices, such as a healthful diet and physical activity, offers only small benefits in reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease.
The Task Force also stated that this counseling may be beneficial to some people, depending on their individual risk factors, including known cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
See the Clinical Statement AHRQ_USPSTF_ Adult obesity
And the Evidence Support: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf11/obeseadult/obeseart.htm
In a separate paper, the USPSTF did not recommend counseling for cardiovascular disease, finding weak evidence for behavioral counseling for diet and physical activity in primary care. Annals: USPSTF recommendation on counseling for cvd