Obesity warrants long-term management

In a recent article in Medscape, Ania Jastreboff, MD, PhD explains how, when patients with obesity come to her, “I look for the opportunity to share with them that obesity is not their fault, but that it’s biology driving their body to carry extra weight and their body is super smart. We have a complex system that was designed to make sure that we always held on to extra weight, specifically extra fat, because that’s how we store energy.”

Jastreboff argues that every patient deserves to have individualised treatment and that healthcare providers need to present patients with different options, and then guide them toward the best therapy for them. Referring to recent trials in which 9 in 10 individuals with obesity lost weight while taking tirzepatide, Jastreboff commented: “These results are impressive. They’re an important step forward in potentially expanding effective therapeutic options for people with obesity.”

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