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According to a government panel, entitled the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), doctors need to consider a patient’s body mass index (BMI) a vital sign that should be monitored as readily as blood pressure.
Dr. David Grossman, medical doctor and member of the USPSTF says that patients “should be asking what their BMI is, and tracking that over time.”
With 2/3rds of American adults and 17% of children considered either obese or overweight, doctors are claiming that even with a consultation with patients, they do not treat the issue of weight seriously.
The reluctant attitude of Americans is to blame, says Dr. Glen Stream, president of the Cadence Physician Group . Stream says: “Our American culture is always looking for an easy fix, a pill for every problem. The updated recommendation is important because it makes clear exactly what doctors should do to help.”
The USPSTF says that they want to mandate a high-intensity behavioral intervention for obsess persons. The program includes:
• 12 to 26 months in-your-face meetings with psychiatrists
• Analyze the mental blocks that prevent the patient from losing weight
• Mandate physical activity as defined by the medical staff
• Consistent monitoring to make sure the patient follows the weight-loss regiment
While most private insurance corporations do not cover obesity issues, Dr. Scott Kahan of George Washington University and the STOP Obesity Alliance , says that medical psychological and nutritional oversight is imperative to maintain serious changes in the patient’s perspective on weight. Kahan also asserts: “Doctors tend to shoo away people who have obesity. They say, ‘Don’t come back to me and tell me your back hurts or you have acid reflux or high cholesterol until you will do something about it.”