In comparison with weight-loss education alone, follow-up sessions (both face-to-face and by telephone) appears to be a more effective method of weight-loss maintenance, according to an article released on November 24 in Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

There is a well-recognized epidemic of obesity in the United States, especially in certain areas and demographic groups. "Rural counties in the United States have higher rates of obesity, sedentary lifestyle and associated chronic diseases than non-rural areas, yet treatment of obesity in the rural population has received little research attention," write the authors.


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