- Obesity costs America $147 billion each and every year.
- It’s linked to cancer…
- and diabetes…
- and depression….
- and generally ain’t that good for you
So, how come “many overweight patients are not being advised to lose weight, diet, or exercise”.
In fact, when it comes to medical intervention in cases of obesity, the numbers are as follows:
- Having a doctor tell the patient about the health problems associated with being overweight (48.0%),
- Suggesting diet and exercise (46.5%),
- Referring the patient to a formal diet program (5.2%),
- Prescribing a weight loss medication (4.0%),
- Recommending a non-prescription weight loss product (1.8%),
- Recommending stomach bypass surgery (1.5%).
I don’t know about you, but considering that obesity is fast becoming the western world’s #1 health issue, I think that the global medical community should be taking obesity prevention/treatment much more seriously.
I don’t know if it’s a lack of knowledge or the threat of discrimination lawsuits or the frustration of being ignored by obese patients over and over and over, but if we want to reverse the tide of obesity related disease, real steps need to be taken.
The time for talk is over.
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