Obesity causes heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. When you group obesity in the same category as other diseases, it will help advance treatment and prevention. Once treatment is made priority, it will reduce other ailments as well. This will also affect how insurance companies treat obesity related conditions.
Obesity is a health condition which can have adverse effects on health. There can be various reasons behind it from genetic susceptibility, excessive food intake, lack of physical activity and more.
Obesity was previously recognized as a health problem and now is likely to be considered as a disease. In the U.S more than one third adults are obese. Obesity causes conditions like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and more. The obesity epidemic begins to grow among children.
Obesity as a disease:
When you group obesity in the same category as other conditions that require a range of medical interventions will advance treatment and prevention. By considering obesity as a disease, treatment will be made a priority reducing a variety of other ailments as well.
By recognizing obesity as a disease, the hope is that physicians will make treatment a priority, thereby reducing in the incidence of obesity-related disease including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
This may also affect how insurance companies treat obesity related conditions, pricey medications as well as procedures to treat them.
However, the main fear around this is that Americans may resort to expensive medication rather than exercise and diet. While the term ”disease” creates a stir. there’s however hope for more obesity prevention programs.
What do you think about the name change?
Edited by Pragya Sharoff