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Benefits | Obesity Interventions

Health benefits for obesity prevention and control1-3

Employee health benefits are part of an overall compensation package and affect an employee’s willingness to seek preventive services and clinical care.

Enhance benefit coverage for obesity clinical screening, counseling, and treatment

  • The U.S Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen all adult patients for obesity and offer intensive counseling and behavioral interventions to promote sustained weight loss for obese adults.
  • In addition the U.S Food and Drug Administration has approved certain medications for the treatment of obesity
  • The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health recommends that surgery is an option for carefully selected obese patients with a BMI greater than 40 or a BMI between 35 and 39.9 who also have at least one obesity-related illness when other less invasive methods of weight loss have failed

 

References

1.  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Guide to clinical preventive services. 3rd ed. Rockville, MD: Agency for Health Care Research and Quality; 2003.

2.  Daneschvar, HL, Aronson, MD, Smetana, GW. FDA-Approved Anti-Obesity Drugs in the United States. The American Journal of Medicine, 2016 Aug; 129 (8): 879.e1-879.e6.

3.  National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Clinical guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults.

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