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dose-response relationship for behavioral treatment of obesity

As a member of the NHLBI panel updating the obesity treatment guidelines, it was clear that there has not been much systematic work on the relationship between the frequency of intervention contacts and the short and long-term effects on weight change and maintenance of weight change. The general finding that more frequent contacts with professional weight loss counselors, and a longer series of contacts, are more effective, there has been little systematic work in this area. Some grant application reviewers take the attitude that "we already know", but quite frankly, the field would greatly benefit from some parametric studies to clarify these issues.

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Idea No. 978