Optimizing Outcomes in Outpatient Obesity Management
Obesity is a complicated disease that requires a comprehensive, longitudinal approach to effectively manage it. Just as other chronic diseases such as heart disease or cancer require varying levels of care depending on where the patient may be in the disease process, obesity is no different. Generally speaking, as complex and sophisticated as our current healthcare system is, we are failing miserably when it comes to the prevention and treatment of obesity. Our system is not currently set up to provide care for obesity at varying intensity levels, nor is it clear whose responsibility it is to provide this care. In the optimal setting, all providers would receive thorough training as it relates to the pathophysiology, and the prevention and treatment of obesity and care would be provided to all patients who desire treatment. A disease as complicated and detrimental to patients and our economy as obesity should not be allowed to be listed as an exclusion in healthcare policies, which is currently the norm rather than the exception. Obesity is a public health crisis of epidemic proportions that requires a global, comprehensive all hands-on deck approach to prevention and treatment. This chapter will explore the outpatient management of obesity and what comprehensive care entails. In this chapter we will use the feminine pronoun for simplicity, understanding that it pertains to all gender identities.
KeywordsObesity Management Comprehensive Treatment Weight Provider Bias Pillars
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