Highlights From the North American Society for the Study of Obesity Annual Meeting: A Physician's View

Raymond A. Plodkowski, MD


December 01, 2003

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The NAASO 2003 Annual Scientific Meeting provided a wealth of information regarding the management of obesity. This included new ways to evaluate energy balance and physical activity during the initial assessment. We now have evidence suggesting that low-carbohydrate/high-protein diets appear to be safe in the short term. However, there continues to be controversy regarding their long-term safety. Finally, we have promising new therapeutic agents, including medications such as topiramate and the surgically implanted gastric stimulator. With these developments, we have a greater array of resources for addressing the growing challenge of obesity in the United States.


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