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For Overweight Community, Key to Better Health May be Intensive Behavioral Counseling

For overweight patients whose poor health increases their risk for heart disease and other dangerous conditions, the solution to a healthier lifestyle may lie in behavioral counseling, Reuters article says. According to a review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a healthier lifestyle requires improving both diet and exercise habits, which cannot be effectively conveyed through pamphlets or medical advice. After reviewing dozens of studies focused on different lifestyles, researchers noted that individuals who received intensive behavioral counseling demonstrated improved health at both one and two-year markers.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.