Audience: Healthcare providers
This animation discusses the current management strategies for obesity. The management of obesity is presented here using the concept of a pyramid. For patients with a body mass index of greater than 25 kg/m2, obesity management starts with lifestyle modification through diet. Patients are encouraged to eat healthy foods which are low in fat and low in calories. At this stage the management of obesity also includes physical activity. The recommended management for patients with a body mass index of between 30 and 40 kg/m2, includes pharmacotherapy. For patients with severe obesity such as those with a body mass index greater than 40 kg/m2, surgery is recommended.