Posts Tagged ‘obesity treatment’

Building Better Access to Care for Obesity

August 19, 2022 — More and more, people are coming around to the understanding that obesity is a complex, chronic disease. Not a lifestyle choice. Even the American Heart Association has finally begun to change its implicit bias about this. Yet we’re still falling short on the important task of building better access to care for real obesity care. […]

Obesity Drug Prices, Access, Chickens & Eggs

August 12, 2022 — An interesting conversation popped up in a recent session to prepare for the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger Nutrition and Health. It was about obesity drug prices, utilization, and ultimately, access to care. Darius Mozaffarian was a key speaker at this session organized by the Bipartisan Policy Center. He offered his opinion that you […]

Telemedicine or Telehealth for Obesity?

August 10, 2022 — Before the COVID-19 pandemic, we could find lots of talk about the potential of telehealth – and see its potential for extending the reach of obesity care. Translation into action and care delivery, though, was very slow. When the pandemic became a constraint for face to face care delivery, that changed overnight. Telehealth care for […]

Semaglutide SELECT Study: No News Is News

August 4, 2022 — Sometimes the hardest news to digest is no news. This was certainly the case yesterday for Novo Nordisk, the market leader in anti-obesity medicines. Their stock dropped by nearly 13 percent when the company told investors that there would be no news on the semaglutide SELECT study. So why was no news seemingly such big […]

Chasing Hoops for Obesity Care

August 1, 2022 — In the New York Times recently, our friend Maya Cohen described her experiences chasing the hoops set before her by health insurance – interfering with medically necessary obesity care. But she did not stop there. She came to the YWM Engage conference to connect with and inspire other advocates for people living with obesity. So […]

Fed Up with Rationalization in Childhood Obesity

July 31, 2022 — Every discussion, every meeting that touches on childhood obesity brings a difficult mixture of encouragement and frustration. The encouragement comes from engagement with good people who have a genuine desire to do the right thing for our children. Everybody wants to see the next generation of children be healthier and have more opportunities than those […]

Are State Health Plans Serious About Obesity?

July 28, 2022 — State and federal experts on health are quite happy to talk about the serious health concern of obesity. But we can’t help wondering about the action that results from that talk. So it’s worthwhile to take a good look at what state health plans do for people affected by obesity. According to a new study […]

Perilous Politics Pretending to “Tackle” Childhood Obesity

July 6, 2022 — Twelve years ago, a very popular First Lady of the United States launched an ambitious campaign to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. Two papers in Pediatrics yesterday suggest to us that those efforts did not yield the promised solution. In sum, these data tell us that after Let’s Move! began, the […]

Following a Failing Script in Childhood Obesity

July 3, 2022 — The script is clear enough. Childhood obesity is a “serious and growing concern.” Its effects can be “devastating,” say the authors of a recent commentary on USPSTF guidelines for it. So the script from the USPSTF tells pediatricians that they should screen for obesity starting at the age of six and refer children to behavioral […]

Access to Obesity Care: The View from Australia

July 1, 2022 — It’s not just America. The emergence of a highly effective medical treatment for obesity is scrambling the usual approach to obesity all over the world. Because of the disconnect between the biological reality of obesity and popular misconceptions of this disease, healthcare systems typically put people off from getting medical care for it. That approach, […]