An Approach to Obesity Management for Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists

AbstractPurpose of ReviewObesity is associated with multiple gastrointestinal and liver diseases such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett ’s esophagus, esophageal adenocarcinoma, cholelithiasis, colon polyps, and fatty liver disease. To effectively manage obesity, it is imperative to understand current and emerging therapies and procedures.FindingsObesity is becoming increasingly prevalent and is associated with a growing monetary health care burden. Cardiac disease, cerebrovascular disease, and diabetes are among the leading causes of preventable and premature death of Americans related to obesity. In addition to behavioral modification (diet and exercise) and bariatric surgery, multiple pharmacotherapies and endoscopic procedures are newly approved and available for the management of obesity.SummaryThis paper reviews the current literature on the treatments available for the management of obesity including behavior modification, pharmacotherapy, endoscopic weight loss procedures (endobariatrics), and bariatric surgery.
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