Author Affiliations: Department of Family Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and NorthShore University Health System, Evanston, Illinois.
A staggering 68% of US adults are either overweight or obese.1 Current direct medical costs associated with treating obesity-related illness are roughly 5% to 10% of all US health care spending.2 Effective solutions to this epidemic are scarce, expensive, or both. The mean cost of bariatric surgery is $27 905.3 Few medications are available for weight loss, and despite recent promising developments, obesity drugs are unlikely to become a solution to the problem.4 Many believe significant changes in public policy and the built environment will be necessary to reverse the epidemic.5,6 Such changes require a great deal of political will, which is lacking, and in any case would take many years to have a significant effect. So, what on earth should we do right now or in the near future?
Rao G, Kirley K. The Future of Obesity TreatmentComment on “Integrating Technology Into Standard Weight Loss Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Trial”. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(2):111-112. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1232