Medical industry to doctors: Start treating obesity seriously

A new set of medical guidelines is instructing doctors to treat obesity in patients more aggressively.

A host of medical organizations have issued a new set of guidelines, imploring doctors to start taking obesity more seriously.

Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, a condition that has afflicted over one-third of all adult Americans for nearly a decade. This kind of weight can trigger a set of other health issues, like heart disease and diabetes – a risk that doctors are fully aware of. Yet, according to the Associated Press, only one-third of patients have ever been consulted by their physicians about their BMI or options for weight loss.

To help reverse this trend, a committee of different medical groups – including the American Heart Association, Obesity Society and American College of Cardiology – have released guidelines that not only push doctors into becoming more aggressive about obesity but also recommend suggestions for patients.

"We recognize that telling patients to lose weight is not enough," Dr. Donna Ryan, the committee's co-chair, said in an official statement.

The new measures include:

  • Advise exercise and tempered calorie-cutting as a weight-loss plan
  • Calculate BMI, measure waists and determine whether a patient is overweight or obese at least once per year
  • Recommend medical weight loss surgery to patients with a BMI of at least 40, or 30 for those with other risk factors like diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Suggest weight-loss programs that include six months of face-to-face counseling sessions with dietitians or psychologists to obese patients facing heart problems.

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