Millions of Americans — make that more than 100 million — struggle with their weight.
The adult obesity rate in the U.S. is more than 40%. And obesity in those under 18 is growing steadily.
Obesity is a significant factor in health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and even COVID-19. And there are mobility and quality of life concerns. One of the best things anyone can do to improve health is get the weight under control.
Especially senior citizens. Age naturally makes us prone to health problems. Age combined with obesity makes experiencing at least some problems almost certain.
Unfortunately, Medicare doesn't cover most weight-loss medication or treatment. But that could change.
In March, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would expand weight-loss treatment options under Medicare.
Under the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, Medicare would cover weight-loss drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as treatment by qualified health-care providers, including obesity prevention.
Yes, this will cost money. But it could save billions each year as some of the costly diseases associated with obesity can be prevented.
In our view, Congress should give this legislation serious consideration.