Despite its admiration for for Dr. Benjamin, the Disease Management Care Blog is disappointed over her recitation of the usual anti-obesity bromides: eat fewer calories, improve food choices, promote physical activity, bring physical education/playtime back to schools, create worksite wellness programs, engage the physicians and establish healthy communities. Public health experts have been reciting the same thing for years without effect.
Here's some unasked-for advice DMCB to our Surgeon General:
....there are many reasons to not listen to Mike Hukabee, but there's one reason why he has some credibility on the topic. You need to announce that your leadership on the topic will start at the top. 'Nuff said.
....since the U.S. government happens to also be a large employer, it could be doing much more to lead the way in combating workplace obesity. The silence in this area is deafening.
....that the risk of obesity should be into perspective. Shouldn't we be less irrational about our bodies and more realistic about what can be achieved?
.... that there is merit to the idea of harnessing private-public entrepreneurship with competitions aimed at sustainable but challenging weight loss goals in schools and communities.
.... there may be something to an enlightened soup nazi approach to worksite wellness.
.... that the rationale of aggressively taxing sugared beverages makes sense and that you stand against the food industry's actions in this area.
.... that banning internal combustion engines within a mile of our schools is an intriguing idea.
.... that there may be merit to conducting expeditiously conducted pilot programs to determine the role of medications to combat obesity, especially in children. The DMCB doesn't like the idea either, but since good comparative effectiveness research indicates just diet and exercise has little impact, what other options are there? Bariatric surgery?
....that remotely positioned disease management that engages persons using the latest advances in behavior change is an important part of the solution.