After decades of sharp increases in obesity, a newly published survey called ACTION (Awareness, Care & Treatment In Obesity Management) finds that few of the 90 million+ Americans with obesity are seeking and receiving long-term obesity care.
Among the significant findings is that out of the 71 percent of people with obesity who say they have spoken with a healthcare professional about their weight loss in the past five years, only 55 percent have been given a diagnosis of obesity, and less than a quarter were offered follow-up care.
“We in the healthcare community must ask why this epidemic is not being diagnosed and treated with the same urgency and focus as other serious diseases,” said Dr. Lee Kaplan, director of the Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, ACTION steering committee member and lead author of the study. “We need to fundamentally rethink obesity so that the public and healthcare community understand more about the biology, chronicity, and overall health impact of this disease. Real progress can be achieved if we can overcome the entrenched mindsets that generate the barriers of this study.”
The prevalence of obesity is a public health issue that has severe cost implications to the healthcare system. It’s estimated that there are over 60 million people with mild-to-moderate obesity. Many of them have tried traditional weight loss methods and are frustrated with the lack of results.
With the ReShape® weight loss program, you have the opportunity to address a vastly unmet need in weight loss, and help people in your community achieve life-changing weight loss without surgery. With the ReShape Procedure, your patients will receive a dual weight loss balloon that has a higher filling capacity than any single gastric balloon, one year of comprehensive coaching, a wireless scale, and access to the ReShape Patient Portal that allows your patient to track his or her food intake, weight, and exercise data.
To help you reach this new patient population, ReShape provides marketing materials and public relations tools and support to help you spread the word in your community. ReShape also provides tools to help your staff educate potential patients about the procedure, set expectations, and start patients on the right track.