If you aren’t practicing obesity treatment in your health practice, you may be ignoring a huge elephant in the room. Physicians can sometimes be hesitant to open that door because of many reasons: lack of knowledge on how to implement weight loss; not having enough time or resources; or maybe you have been so busy treating other chronic conditions that you haven’t even considered obesity treatment or that it could actually be the cause of many of your patients’ ailments.
While these reasons are all understandable, the imperative is clear: the elephant in the room is only getting bigger, and we can no longer afford to ignore it.
The State of Obesity Initiative has recently put out a wealth of information and resources about obesity and what we can do as individuals and communities to combat it. Their report points out that obesity rates have only risen to more and more dangerous levels. And continuing to not talk about it is only making the problem of obesity worse.
The report correctly shows that “obesity remains one of America's most pervasive, expensive and deadly health problems.” Among many other issues, the report states:
• Obesity is a financial issue. The obesity crisis costs our nation more than $150 billion in healthcare costs annually and billions of dollars more in lost productivity.
• Obesity is an equity issue. Obesity disproportionately affects low-income and rural communities as well as certain racial and ethnic groups, including Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans.
• Obesity is a top national priority. Americans (registered voters) rated obesity as the top health concern in the country in a recent public opinion survey.
Whether you know it or not, obesity is a problem that your patients need and want support for, but they may not know how to ask for help. But that’s where you can step in and provide the proactive assistance that they trust you to give. Arming yourself with the knowledge about the problem of obesity can be the first step in building your own confidence to tackle this sensitive but important issue.
To help you in this process, take a look at our short, informative, AND FREE on-demand webcast “Updates in Obesity” by Dr. Christopher Case, a member of Robard’s distinguished Medical Advisory Panel. As an endocrinologist, Dr. Case cares for patients with diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, cholesterol disorders, and diseases of the thyroid and adrenal and pituitary glands, and has a wealth of knowledge about obesity and how it impacts overall health. Take a moment to check it out, and then contact us to learn about even more free educational and business resources that Robard provides to help you address the elephant in the room at your practice.
Source: The State of Obesity
Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation