Morgan Downey, STOP Alliance Policy Advisor, weighs in on where Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is today as it moves closer to the key date, October 1, 2013. What do you need to know? Individual mandate? State exchanges? Essential health benefits?
A recent JAMA article (2014;174:615) that critiqued the FDA’s decision to approve Belviq and Qsymia for weight loss included the following statement: “Although treatment options are limited, obesity is not an emergency – it is not even a disease, but rather a risk factor for disease.” This statement has sparked a vigorous debate.
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View Dr. Richard H. Carmona’s, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and the Alliance’s Health and Wellness Chairperson, letter of support for the Essential Health Benefits Task Force recommendations here.
By Christine Ferguson, J.D., Sarah Kornblet, J.D., M.P.H., and Anna Muldoon
Women’s Health Issues Sept/Oct 2009 – Invited Commentary
Obesity has been getting a lot of attention these days. As the relationship between obesity and diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers has become clearer, the economic and social imperative to aggressively attack obesity has intensified. Obese individuals face multiple forms of prejudice and discrimination because of their weight. Although there is a negative bias toward obese people in general, several studies have examined gender differences in perceived stigma and quality of life among obese patients, with most studies finding women experiencing significantly more negative social and psychological effects from obesity.
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