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.
New Recommendations from the STOP Obesity Alliance and National Eating Disorders Association
The STOP Obesity Alliance, in conjunction with the National Eating Disorders Association, developed new weight and health discussion guidelines for policymakers. The recommendations call for policymakers to responsibly address weight and health by adhering to the following evidence-based principles when discussing and developing weight-related health policies:
The STOP Obesity Alliance Task Force on Women strongly encourages the public to take action in helping to gain their acceptance among policymakers.
The STOP Obesity Alliance Task Force on Women — a group of nearly 20 health advocacy organizations — has identified four areas that have a significant impact on weight and obesity in women: