Our spring magazine and Medicare-compliant obesity counseling

I hope you all had a chance to see the Spring issue of the Nutrition Dimension magazine (either via the mail or the digital version) which is devoted to the topic of obesity. So many of us have been touched professionally and personally by this epidemic. How can we not when over 60% of the U.S. is either overweight or obese. We are inundated with stories and information about the obesity epidemic. News stories discuss a multitude of ways to prevent obesity, while TV shows and ads declare they have found the magic cure for obesity. In theory, losing weight should be simple: Decrease food intake and/or increase exercise output. In practice, however, losing weight is never simple. The reality is that 90% to 95% of people who lose weight do not keep it off. That is a dismal success rate. Yet more discussions and energy are devoted to helping people lose weight. Despite all the attention, more than 112,000 Americans die of obesity-related diseases each year and it contributes to four of the leading causes of death in the United States. The estimated total costs to society—including medical treatment, lost workdays because of obesity-related illness, and sales of diet products, foods and services—surpass $100 billion a year. In 2011, when Medicare began reimbursing primary care providers for intensive behavioral therapy for obesity, registered dietitians and registered dietitian nutritionists, were not among the providers allowed to be paid directly for Intensive Obesity Counseling. However they can be a part of a Medicare-compliant obesity program. To learn more about what comprises a Medicare-compliant obesity counseling program and how to increase the odds for success, take the time to read the continuing education course in the Nutrition [...]