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Good health care costs are going up and not a new obesity diagnosis could hit us all where it hurts.
The American Medical Association has just classified obesity as a disease.
So now insurance premiums could -- even fatter.
Here -- tells what it means and how much more we may have to pay.
Is doctors -- Dakota -- using medical weight loss specialist doctor thank you so much for coming on the show.
Thank you would it mean that it's a disease does it mean that you can't control it that it's inherited and what makes it different if -- not it's not your.
-- it's really not I mean I think there's a stigma attached to being overweight and obesity and it's really so much more than just lifestyle that will power.
And now we spend over 300.
Billion dollars a year.
In the US.
On health care costs.
And this includes doctors' visits surgery.
But just think of absenteeism.
From work decreased productivity.
But what does that -- that it's a disease I mean -- mean it does it mean.
That you -- what what does that officially mean as a doctor what it means is that it is a condition that can really hurt your.
Can increase mortality.
And it's something that is very devastating for all of the body systems.
And it must be treated seriously.
You don't want to just wait to treat the complications which is what we've been doing.
We've been waiting -- somebody had heart disease so it's a disease because what follows on afterwards not exactly how prone you are to order what you're doing to get -- well it's a combination of things and it doesn't matter what you've done if you have the disease it has to be treated.
So does it mean that then those things that you would use to -- are now covered by insurance and and that's what we're saying we're saying.
Health premiums are going up or wondering does this mean that if it's classified as a disease that now insurance companies are obligated to cover lap band surgery.
Medical weight loss drugs.
Going to the gym all those sort of thing some Melissa realize that they have been covering weight loss surgery now for a long time.
But they don't cover diet pills I mean I read again and again that doctors have to you know sort of liar Faber stretched the truth in order for them to really covered diet they have not been covering that is correct there was not -- -- -- Africa and press and what they're going do what it would cover yes.
But if we can treat patients and keep -- healthier we're gonna cut our costs back dramatically.
Although that's kind of -- with obamacare was that you know we're gonna add a whole bunch more people and add more stuff.
But it was gonna cost less because people were going to be healthier -- -- going to be more healthy people in the system and and that didn't happen while I actually like set up.
Some but I say with with these conditions these are serious are not gonna go away this is not just there and administrative program yeah that you have.
Millions and millions of Americans who are obese and have obesity related conditions -- we really have to focus on treating obesity preventing -- So that people don't get all these complications.
Where do you draw the line how do you define who is obese because in the past I know the body mass index has been used in -- so much criticism of that -- and be out a certain height weight you have a lot -- -- very healthy.
But just by virtue what you -- that combination.
You're considered obese it was it is BMI good measure would should be be doing something else.
We have to do something else I have a medical -- last practice in Manhattan and what I use -- special scale.
That -- bio electrical impedance to determine your body fat.
And that's really what we use and I -- person is losing ways we can be sure they're not losing muscle or too much water etc.
So that's very very important.
Do you think so it's related how much fat you have -- body fat percentage absolutely.
So what does this mean down the road if it is classified as a disease do you think that it means there will be more.
Medical -- drug companies that -- -- to try to come up with solutions because the potential gains.
From insurance which -- -- -- you know debating what we're debate -- -- here but they'll be more money for them to -- if it is a disease and they can.
You know those kinds of things are covered maybe we'll come up -- -- -- -- happening I think there's going to be a lot of growth in the private sector just related to this disease.
A lot of people are working on hormonal treatments.
They're working on science and and different types of things that affect the fat cells themselves the -- the sites.
And those are really the causal agents and obesity can secure over 20% of your ideal weight.
Your your fat cells in her abdomen take on their own life and they become real and Crennel -- -- do a lot of bad things to your body.
-- think they're going to be a lot of different areas we're gonna see growth but definitely.
The big pharma is gonna come in and church -- develop more medications but the FDA is probably get a push them a little that.
Because of the disaster with sand and back in 1996.
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