Comprehensive Weight Management Programs Needed to Fight Obesity Epidemic

Editor’s Note:  Justin Cassidy, PhD, Director, Medicine, contributed to this FAQ.

Obesity is a highly prevalent disease in the US associated with a wide variety of comorbid illnesses and significant costs. It is also a complex disease caused by a variety of factors for which no single treatment option is appropriate for all patients; many health systems are developing comprehensive weight management programs to address patient and provider demand to care for these challenging patients.

Successful weight management programs encompass multidisciplinary efforts to provide a variety of personalized treatment options for patients, ranging from support groups and lifestyle coaching to medical and surgical therapies. While the commercial payment outlook for weight management programs is limited at present, health systems that have a value-based orientation, population health focus, employee or self-insured payment plan, and/or tertiary care role in their community should develop comprehensive weight management programs, because a range of treatment options are necessary to meet the demands of this patient population. Further, without treatment, the costs of obesity are so substantial that a proactive effort to reduce or minimize its effects is warranted. For an in-depth look at how outpatient programs address nonsurgical weight loss in obese patients, read the full FAQ answer. Not an Sg2 member? Contact us to learn more about the required components for a successful outpatient weight management program.

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