How to Start the Weight Management Conversation with Your Patients

“Well, the doctor didn’t say anything during my visit, so it must not be a problem.”

Those are the thoughts of many patients as they leave their doctor’s office after another visit where their weight was not discussed. Medical providers have the dubious task of making sure they address their patients’ health issues to the best of their ability. And in the politically correct world we live in today, they also must be inoffensive while doing so.

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The Link Between Women, Obesity, and Cancer

The link between obesity and cancer is well-established.

Attributable to anthropometric and lifestyle factors, people with obesity often have comorbidities and other conditions that predispose them to cancer. The World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research found strong evidence that being overweight or obese throughout adulthood increases the risk of multiple types of cancer, including esophageal, pancreatic, liver, colorectal, endometrial, kidney, and breast (in postmenopausal women). Further, being overweight or obese increases the risk for other cancers, including gallbladder, liver, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cervical, ovarian, stomach, and mouth, pharynx and larynx.

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Webinar: The Importance, Effectiveness & Safety of Meal Replacements in the Treatment of Obesity - A Dietitian's Perspective

In this Robard Corporation webinar, Heather Boyd, a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Weight Management and Obesity, and a Certified Diabetes Educator from Frederick Memorial Hospital’s Medical Weight Loss Program in Frederick, Maryland, discusses the use of meal replacements in the treatment of patients with obesity.

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The 7 R’s of Operating a Successful Weight Management Program

We recently shared with you the Robard Blog article “9 Insider Secrets to Running an Effective and Profitable Weight Management Center,” inspired by Robard’s Business Development and Territory Sales Manager teams, who help our customers successfully operate their weight management businesses every day.

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9 Insider Secrets to Running an Effective and Profitable Weight Management Center

Who would know better than Robard’s own Business Development and Territory Sales Managers exactly what makes a weight management center successful? After all, between them, there are over 100 years of experience, as these are the same professionals who help our customers successfully operate their weight management businesses every day.

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3 Considerations for Better Elective Total Joint Arthroplasty Outcomes for Obese Patients – White Paper, Free Download

On the rise? The obesity epidemic, longer lifespans, and joint replacements.

A new white paper from Robard Corporation explores considerations and solutions for better elective total joint arthroplasty outcomes for patients with obesity, including:

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Weight Management and Corporate Wellness – A Win/Win for Everyone


In a previous Robard blog on job absenteeism, we found that nationally, it is estimated that obesity costs employers more than $73 billion annually in higher healthcare costs — and that is a conservative estimate. The statistics don’t end there. Employees with obesity incur more than double the amount in health care, workers compensation and short-term disability costs than normal weight employees. In fact, obesity and related diseases have driven much of the increase in healthcare costs for employers. Looking toward the future, companies are beginning to look to adding weight management to their corporate wellness packages to help them reign in healthcare and HR expenses before obesity takes them under.

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Americans Concerned about Their Weight, but Don't Understand Link to a Healthy Heart

A Cleveland Clinic survey finds that while most Americans (88 percent) understand that there is a connection between a healthy heart and a healthy weight, most aren't doing enough - or anything - to combat their own weight issues. The survey found 74 percent are concerned about their weight and 65 percent are worried about getting heart disease due to extra pounds, yet less than half (43 percent) of Americans have tried to make dietary changes to lose weight and 40 percent of those who describe themselves as overweight or obese say they aren't careful about which foods they eat.

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The Price of Obesity: Costs Beyond Patient Health – Free White Paper

 

 
The implications of obesity go much further beyond patient health than many realize. Some of those implications include:

• The economic burden of obesity on doctors and hospitals
• Minimizing revenue loss
• Creating in-house opportunities
• Health issues for obese patients

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Improve Obese Patient Outcomes: The Missing Puzzle Piece


Obesity is the fastest growing health problem in the United States. It’s also proving to be among the most deadly. It kills more Americans every year than AIDS, cancer and all accidents combined. It is the second leading cause of preventable death just below smoking. In fact, 67 percent of the population that are either overweight or obese have a greater probability of developing hypertension, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. This translates to over 300,000 deaths per year from obesity related complications.1

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