3 Leading Health Groups Urge Doctors to Treat Obesity Like Any Other Ailment

doctors urged to treat obesity like any other ailment

A committee formed with members from the Obesity Society, American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recently produced guidelines that are designed to help healthcare providers aggressively tackle the obesity epidemic.

Nearly 155 million U.S. adults are overweight or obese, which is roughly 35 pounds over a healthy weight. Extra pounds put people at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, many types of cancer, type 2 diabetes and a host of other health problems.

The guidelines say that doctors need to help obese patients figure out the best plan, whether it’s a vegetarian diet, low-sodium plan, commercial weight-loss program or a low-carb diet.

“The overall objective is quite a tall order: to get primary care practitioners to own weight management as they own hypertension management,” says obesity researcher Donna Ryan, co-chairwoman of the committee writing these guidelines.

Since obesity treatment will now be required to be covered by insurance companies under a preventive services benefit of the Affordable Care Act, doctors should expect to see a rise in patients coming to them for weight loss options.

Healthcare providers should encourage obese and overweight patients who need to drop pounds for health reasons to lose at least 5% to 10% of their weight by following a moderately reduced-calorie diet suited to their food tastes and health status, while being physically active and learning behavioral strategies.

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Author: Stephanie West

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