Of all unmet needs in our health care system, those of obesity may be the greatest. About 300,000 people die every year in America from obesity-related causes, but we do not treat the disease as life-threatening.
Dr. Raj Nihalani writes:
It is very important to treat obesity in the existing population to curb the healthcare cost associated with the co-morbidities of obesity. The US spends over $150 billion on obesity related problems. Treating 20 million morbidly obese patients and adding preventative programs for children and overweight individuals, will help curb the cost associated the total morbidity and loss of productivity.