This blog is a forum developed to facilitate discussion on key topics related to obesity and obesity-related diseases. And there are many topics to discuss!
Obesity continues to plague our nation and increasingly is the gateway to chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension. Patients, health care providers, employers, labor, government and insurance providers will all continue to be affected by the tremendous burden of this epidemic. As the STOP Obesity Alliance and its Steering Committee members continue our collaboration on efforts to take on this health crisis, we will take advantage of this forum to have an open dialogue with all of you.
Key contributors to Weighing In are STOP Obesity Alliance Steering Committee members, Christine Ferguson, the STOP Obesity Alliance Director and Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the Health and Wellness Chairperson of the Alliance.
The STOP Obesity Alliance Health & Wellness Chairperson, 17th U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard H. Carmona, facilitated a panel discussion for the launch of the Obesity GPS - featuring the Alliance's Director, Christine Ferguson, the American Medical Group Association's Julie Sanderson-Austin, and the American Heart Association's Dr. John Ring.
By Christine C. Ferguson, J.D.
Director, STOP Obesity Alliance
Impacting Health Care Reform
As Congress and the Administration get down to hammering out an agreement on health care reform, the list of issues and their impact on health care costs is staggering. President Obama is pushing for legislation from Congress by the end of August. It seems unlikely the timeframe will be met, but there is great hope that they will reach agreement in the fall. We know the Administration and Congress do realize that obesity is a major component of health care utilization and spending. How much they ultimately do about it is something else.
Morgan Downey, the former head of The Obesity Society and a current policy advisor to the Alliance, has sent us a paper that raises a number of interesting issues and includes recommendations for health care reform vis-à-vis obesity. We invite you to read the paper located on the website here. As always, we welcome your comments either posted here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.