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New guidelines urge doctors to be more proactive about obesity

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - More than one third of Americans are considered obese, and now health officials have released new guidelines to fight the problem. 

The guidelines urge doctors to be more aggressive in helping their patients drop those extra pounds. 

Some doctors said there are simple steps to take to get on the right track and help prevent many diseases caused being overweight.

"We know that it causes so many problems to a person's health that are related to it," Dr. Nathan Seaman of Quincy Medical Group said. "Diabetes, heart attacks, strokes are all associated with it. Not to mention all the joint problems and the pain that their body is in when they have all these extra fat cells on the body."

Seaman said with the new guidelines doctors will not only advise weight loss to patients, but direct them to education or counseling to get them help.
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