Doctors Told To Get Serious About Obesity

ATLANTA (November 13, 2013) Guidelines released this week by a group of medical organizations including the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Obesity Society, are part of the latest offensive on the war on obesity in the U.S.

The guidelines say doctors should calculate their patients’ body mass index and weight-to-height ratios and should come up with plans for those who need to shed pounds and sent them for counseling.

Weight loss isn’t about will power. It’s about behaviors around food and physical activity, and getting the help you need to change those behaviors,” said Donna Ryan, M.D., Obesity Journal Associate Editor-In-Chief and co-chair of the writing committee and professor emeritus at Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.

“We hope that by laying out the scientific evidence that medically supervised weight loss works and significantly reduces the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, it will be more fully embraced by patients and doctors and effective programs will eventually be reimbursed by all third-party payers,” Ryan said.

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