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Survey: Physicians rate weight-loss medications, surgery less effective than lifestyle in obesity management


​Primary care physicians and obesity medicine specialists rated behavioral factors as a greater cause of weight gain vs. biological factors, and rated weight-loss medications and bariatric surgery as less effective relative to lifestyle modification, according to recent survey data.
 
The data, gathered from questionnaires administered at CME courses and 2 consecutive years of an obesity medicine course, also showed that physicians who practice obesity medicine gave higher effectiveness ratings for medications and bariatric surgery relative to PCPs.