The Price of Being Obese

The Price of Being Obese

Obesity affects every aspect of patients’ lives. Every aspect. When patients are obese higher costs of care occur in both the inpatient setting (hospitals) and outpatient setting (clinics). The increased use of healthcare services translates to a difference of $4,343/year when compared to non-obese patients.

Not only is the cost of care higher for obese patients, but there is also evidence to suggest that obese patients are less likely to receive adequate medical care. Examples of this include less effective cancer screenings, weight limit exclusions (for imaging, healthcare services, medical bed availability, and so on), and lower quality of physician care to these patients.

Medicine has all but given up on patients with obesity or excess weight. This is evidenced by surgery stepping in an effort to address the epidemic by performing gastric/intestinal disfiguring surgeries in an effort to decrease the amount of food consumed or the amount of nutrition absorbed during digestion. These procedures defy the first oath taken by physicians. First do no harm. These procedures cause more harm than good. What other population do we allow this to happen to. This is another price that obese patients pay.

The Metabolism Clinic does not view obesity or excess weight as a personal problem. The clinic views obesity and excess weight for what it truly is; a metabolic problem. It is caused by excessive activation of lipogenic pathways (fat forming). When patients are constantly producing triglycerides (fat) that is stored in adipocytes (fat cells) it has to be addressed at the metabolic level. Utilization of the latest evidence based medicine has allowed The Metabolism Clinic to provide the treatment of the future to these patients so that they no longer have to pay the high price associated with being obese.

 

The Metabolism Clinic is established as the destination for weight loss and reversal of diabetes. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina. www.themetabolismclinic.com

2017-12-28T18:24:52+00:00