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The NHG Guideline Obesity provides recommendations for diagnosis and management of adults and children from the age of two with obesity. The guideline also applies to adults with overweight and severely increased abdominal circumference or comorbidity associated with overweight. Both conditions have a similar risk of morbidity and mortality and the same management as for obesity.

This guideline is based on the multidisciplinary guideline Diagnosis and treatment of obesity in adults and children and integrates with the NHG Guidelines Cardiovascular risk management and Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Management of obesity includes patient education and a combined lifestyle intervention: a healthy dietary pattern, increasing physical activity, and, if necessary, psychological support of the behavioral changes.


The guideline program of the College is designed for GPs in the context of the Dutch healthcare system. It makes no warranties concerning the efficacy of the guidelines used in other countries. The information is for educational and/or professional use only and is provided in good faith without any express or implied warranty. The College does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage occasioned by use of the information contained on the website nor from any access to the website. All access and use is at the risk of the end-user.

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Van Binsbergen JJ, Langens FNM, Dapper ALM, Van Halteren MM, Glijsteen R, Cleyndert GA, Mekenkamp-Oei SN, Van Avendonk MJP



Revision Date

November 2010