Cost of Obesity 'Will Wipe Out Healthcare'
Christopher Cheney, for HealthLeaders Media , August 5, 2015
The nation's alarming obesity rates pose a grave threat to population health and to efforts to contain healthcare costs, a trio of experts says.
Obesity weighs heavily on American health and wealth.
Carrying extra pounds undermines several major weight-bearing pillars of value-based healthcare, including disease prevention, population health management, and cost control. In interviews and email exchanges over the past week, a trio of obesity experts helped me gauge the crisis and suggested ways to slash obesity rates.
Jay H. Shubrook Jr., DO, a diabetes specialist and professor at Touro University College
of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, CA, says the societal costs of obesity are becoming
too great to bear.
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