AMA Declares Obesity Disease and Insurance Coverage Future, Allen Buck gives his take on the future of the treatment of obesity and how the new decision may change the bariatric field of medicine.
With the decision made recently to declare obesity a disease, the American Medical Association may have very well started a discussion on what the future of our country may look like in twenty years. With this new source of information comes the realization that nearly one in three Americans have a disease that most likely will require clinical management.
The news may come to some as a relief that being obese is not a lifestyle choice or a series of bad decisions. While the decision was not unanimous and certainly insurance companies may be apprehensive the news is nonetheless ground breaking.
What this means for current policies that currently do not offer coverage for dietitian consults or health club memberships is not clear. The good news is the expectations for increased research, and awareness in regards to studying obesity has become a new central focus as part of our healthcare focus.