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Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016 Obesity Specialist looking for a job

I have been retired for 5 years. 
When I learned there are 4 new diet medicines that can be prescribed lifelong to maintain weight loss, I became interested in returning to the practice of medicine to help the reduced obese maintain their weight loss life long with medication.
In pursuit of this goal I went to 4 conferences since April to become board eligible in the American Board of Obesity Medicine. 
I took the ABOM exam on December 10, 2015.

The country and gov't know we have a obesity problem. 

The country doesn't know and doesn't accept that diet medicine presently is the best way to maintain weight loss.  This applies to those who have had Bariatric surgery as well. 

Diet and exercise will succeed at the initial weigh loss but once the body believes it is starving it is diet medicine that is needed to prevent weight regain. 

I picked up diet medicine prescription Qsymia yesterday.  A three month supply cost more than $1,000.
I only paid $60 after my Obamacare platinum Blue Cross insurance plan paid the rest.  My premiums for this policy are $1500 a month.  
 Statins are now generic and inexpensive.  Diet medicines will be generic eventually but there needs to be better coverage now for most people to be treated for obesity.

There is a feeling of moral hazard about diet medications.  Americans feel it's cheating.  Are blood pressure pills cheating?
Obesity is a Chronic Disease and it requires chronic medication. 

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