Americans should expect to have longer lifespans, but those lives will be accompanied by an increase in conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and other ailments that are expected to drive up the cost of their care, according to a study by researchers at the University of Southern California.
The U.S. obesity rate continues to rise, dashing the expectations of health professionals who hoped to see a decline. While rates of sugar and sweetened soft drink consumption are down, nationally, the obesity rate has remained stubbornly high, according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The rates of people in the United States dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, unintentional injuries and diabetes combined decreased between 1969 and 2013.
Doctors and nurses suffer from obesity, diabetes and heart disease only slightly less than the general population, according to a study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Doctors and trainees do not address overweight/obesity in more than 9 in 10 hospitalized children, according to a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Although Medicare now offers its obese members with free face-to-face obesity counseling, very few Medicare members have actually taken advantage of the benefit. In fact, just 50,000 seniors received obesity counseling in 2013.
Although Medicare began paying for weight loss counseling three years ago and about 30 percent of Medicare members were eligible for the services, less than 1 percent of members have actually used the benefit. Here are three ways a weight loss counseling program can fail.
Employee wellness must be a top priority among healthcare leaders, and they can take inspiration from an unlikely source: Google, according to a MedPageToday blog post.
America, already the most obese nation in the world, is the fattest it's ever been, according to an annual r eport from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health.
Roughly one-third of Americans are obese, and as the numbers continue to rise, hospitals around the country invest in equipment to accommodate more plus-sized patients, according to NWI.com.