- First Introduced: 2013
- Latest Action: Re-introduced as "Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2019" (H.R. 1530/S.595)
The nation is paying the price for overlooking the importance of food and nutrition. We are an increasingly overweight and obese nation, with two-thirds of the adult population carrying excess weight. Obesity is an astronomically expensive problem for our nation ($210 billion per year). The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act offers clinically- and cost-effective solutions to the obesity epidemic.
- The bill removes unnecessary barriers to (1) allow a variety of qualified practitioners, such as RDNs, to effectively treat obesity through IBT and authorize coverage for FDA-approved weight loss medications that complement IBT.
- Research shows that after two years, patients who received IBT from a RDN are twice as likely to achieve clinically significant weight loss, experience greater average weight loss, and exercise more than patients who did not receive IBT.
- The expert consensus is that RDNs are the best practitioners to carry out IBT, as stated by the IOM, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and most physicians.
- Supporting RDNs to provide IBT is cost effective.
- RDNs' services cost 25-percent less per 2 pounds of weight loss.
- RDNs' payment fee is 85 percent of primary care providers' fees.
- RDNs can help minimize costs for nutrition services, like IBT, while delivering the best results.
- The bill provides coordinated, interdisciplinary care that increases efficiency and efficacy, which improves health care quality and reduces costs.