Should Weight Loss Programs Be Covered by Health Insurance?.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 03, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding strong support for the inclusion of wellness benefits addressing obesity in health benefit plans.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/should-weight-loss-programs-be-covered-by-health-insurance) notes, it is common knowledge that obesity leads to health problems. Being significantly overweight affects heart health and increases the risk for heart disease. Obesity also changes the way a person’s body deals with insulin, making it more likely that they will develop diabetes. The list of diseases connected to being obese goes on.
As the article “Should Weight Loss Programs Be Covered by Health Insurance?” reports, the goal of a recent study was to find out if obese individuals agree with the medical professionals who are suggesting that offering health benefits to those who are obese and want to slim down is the answer to the obesity epidemic and that it could help halt the damage obesity wreaks on both individual lives and the healthcare system. The study focused on obese individuals’ beliefs about the helpfulness of insurance coverage of weight loss-related benefits and their willingness to pay for these benefits.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that 83% of the participants said that they benefited from and endorsed support services geared toward weight loss. However, only one-third were willing to pay extra for these benefits. Half of the participants felt that it would be unfair to charge more for a health plan just because someone was obese.
As the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports, the researchers concluded with this advice: wellness benefits should be offered to all individuals. That way, everyone, including those who are obese, can address their specific health concerns and get support when they’re trying to lose weight and prevent diseases.
(SOURCE: Jarlenski, M.P., et al., “Insurance Coverage for Weight Loss: Overweight Adult’s Views,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine May 2013; 44(5): 453–8.)
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