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ISRN Obesity
Volume 2012, Article ID 567530, 5 pages
Review Article

Addressing Weight Loss Recidivism: A Clinical Focus on Metabolic Rate and the Psychological Aspects of Obesity

Department of Family Medicine, SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital Medical Center, Health Sciences Center, Level 4 Room 050, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8461, USA

Received 12 July 2012; Accepted 8 October 2012

Academic Editors: L. L. Haheim and D. Malkova

Copyright © 2012 Bruce J. Grattan and Josephine Connolly-Schoonen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Obesity in the United States has reached epidemic proportions and has become an unprecedented public health burden. This paper returns to the evidence for metabolic rate set points and emphasizes the clinical importance of addressing changes in metabolic rate throughout the weight loss process. In addition to the importance of clinically attending to the modulation of metabolic rate, the psychological aspects of obesity are addressed as part of the need to holistically treat obesity.