New Guidelines Tell Doctors to Harangue Patients About Weight
It's time to get aggressive, say medical groups
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 13, 2013 7:04 PM CST
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(Newser) – Next time you go for a checkup, don't be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight. The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting the nation's obesity epidemic, and they urge physicians to be a lot more aggressive about helping patients drop those extra pounds. Doctors should calculate your body mass index, a weight-to-height ratio. And if you need to lose weight, they should come up with a plan and send you for counseling.

"We recognize that telling patients to lose weight is not enough," said Dr. Donna Ryan, co-chair of the guidelines committee. The good news? By next year, most insurance companies are expected to cover counseling and other obesity treatments, following in the steps of the Medicare program, which began paying for one-on-one help last year. The guidelines were released this week by a group of medical organizations that include the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the Obesity Society. (Other new guidelines call for sweeping changes in high-cholesterol treatment.)

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Charles P
Nov 14, 2013 4:49 PM CST
NOT A SMART PLAN FOR DOCTORS! I MIGHT JUST SIT ON YOU AND CRUSH YOU TO DEATH! HA! HA!
basno
Nov 14, 2013 11:43 AM CST
I have been overweight all my life. I've also been an athlete through high school and college. A competitve powerlifter until age 45. Still work out regularly. The charts say I am obese. My heart rate is fine, cholesterol is low, no health issues whatsoever. Could I lose some pounds certainly. But my family has a history of cancer. It was not weight, nor heart disease that took their lives early. My last doctor apparently was a follower of this advice. I told him I didn't need his credentials to tell me what I can see on the scale or in the mirror and found another doctor.
Tology
Nov 14, 2013 8:37 AM CST
I can just hear all the overweight doctors telling their patients to lose weight.