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The Cost-Saving Argument For Obesity Prevention Is No Better

Yesterday, I suggested that using a cost-saving argument to justify treatments for obesity reeks of discrimination. I argued that even if obesity treatment costs the system money, it needs to be delivered in the same way that we deliver treatments for other conditions – not because they save money, but because that’s what people living with those conditions deserve. But the “cost… Read More »

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Are Cost-Saving Arguments For Treating Obesity Another Form of Discrimination?

Yes, health care costs consume an increasing proportion of taxes (in countries with public healthcare systems) or personal income. Yes, there is also considerable waste in healthcare systems and not every dollar spent is necessary or provides any meaningful benefit. Indeed, even where health benefits are achieved, these may perhaps be had at a lower cost than in our current systems. Thus, there is… Read More »

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Enter to Win $5,000 for Obesity Video

If you are older than 18 years and live in the USA, you may be interested in the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)’s “It Starts Now,” contest that will award winners up to $5,000 and a trip to Los Angeles, where winning entries will premiere during ObesityWeek 2015 (Nov. 2 to Nov. 7, 2015). The second-place winner will receive $3,500, and two third-place winners wi… Read More »

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USA: Proposed Bill To Expand Coverage For Obesity Treatments

According to a report in JAMA, A bipartisan group of US lawmakers has introduced House and Senate versions of the same bill, the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015, intended to help reduce health care costs and decrease the incidence of chronic disease associated with obesity, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. The bill calls for not only giving Medicare beneficia… Read More »

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Obesity Down Under

Following a rather relaxed August, which included meeting my new grand daughter and turning my attention to jazz guitar, I spent the last week in Australia speaking at the Australian Diabetes and Diabetes Educator conference in Adelaide and visiting colleagues at the Melbourne Baker Institute and Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre. Clearly, Australia has an obesity problem that easil… Read More »

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