New Research Shows Keeping the Weight off is a Lot More than Willpower

Both moderate and dramatic weight loss lower metabolic rate; Less weight loss is still beneficial to health In a special mini-series in the journal, leading obesity experts weigh in on the two papers through two additional commentaries and an editorial, all of which explain the phenomenon of metabolic adaptation, or the process where weight loss is accompanied by a decline in energy (caloric) expenditure as weight is lost. These studies were conducted on different populations, but reached the same conclusion: weight regain results from complex biological force

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Obesity Score 3-2 for the Affordable Care Act

Speaking at the 13th Annual Bariatric Summit in Nashville yesterday, Ted Kyle tallied a score of three pluses and two minuses for people living with obesity under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. On the plus side of the ledger, Kyle identified three key gains:

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Doctors Prescribe Diabetes Treatment Medications 15 Times More than Obesity Drugs, study finds

Clinicians are missing critical opportunity to prevent diabetes with obesity treatments Obesity is a well-established major risk factor for developing diabetes, with almost 90% of people living with type 2 diabetes having

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Turning the Ship on Rising Healthcare Costs

Despite countless efforts at reform by businesses, government, and consumer groups, health care costs continue to be very high in the U.S. as compared to other nations. The reasons are too complex to cover in one article, but three health care experts, drawn from the areas of insurance, providers, and research, recently shared some thought on where we stand with health care costs, and what employers and individuals can expect in the near future. The three perspectives offer different but overlapping views on what drives health care costs and what can be done to ease the burdens those costs

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Discipline and the Obesity That No One Wants to See

Discipline – or the lack of it – is something that is sometimes offered up as an explanation for obesity. Public health professionals, employers, and physicians gathered at a medical forum in Baltimore last week to discuss obesity and how health plans can address this growing health concern. One physician who is medical director for a large health insurer asked at the end of a presentation on the physiology of obes

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