It should not be surprising that obesity continues to rise in the US. Regular readers of my blogs are also aware of the many associated diseases that are related to obesity. The government and insurance companies always say how important it is to lose weight but they have no intentions of paying for it.
Check out these numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES——$444,000,000,000/year. Covered
DIABETES—-$245,000,000,000/year. Covered (up 41% from 5 years ago)
It seems to me that since obesity can play a role in all of the above illnesses, that insurance companies would want to encourage lifestyle changes and weight loss. If only they would pay for it. We recognized the benefits of aggressive weight loss years ago and became one of the first practices in the country to offer our own gym and registered dietitian for our patients. We also supervise very closely every patient who is using FDA weight loss medications. (Forget OTC supplement-they are scams not only don’t work but may be dangerous) Unfortunately, most insurance companies will not pay for these services. The mentality of the average patient is that if it is not covered, than they do not want to participate. Or they tell us “I know what to do” Unfortunately knowing what to do and doing it are two different things.
It’s never too late to get proactive with your medical care. And ladies, the price is usually less than a day at the beauty parlor and manicurist/month!
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