Should Your Employer Recommend Weight-loss Drugs?

‘More than 2m need weight loss op’

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It began when the companies behind the new weight-loss meds, Eisai and Vivus, approached Aetna about a collaboration, Pezalla says. Many of Aetnas self-insured health plans dont cover the drugs. The idea is to combine medication with support for workers trying to lose weight, Pezalla says. Most of the plan sponsors who will take us up on this are already doing things in the wellness area. The goal: For people who use the medications, its to lose weight and potentially lower employers costs by reducing the need for treatment of obesity and related conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
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5 Best Weight-Loss Apps

Some 8,000 people receive the treatment each year, but researchers from Imperial College London say more than 5% of adults would qualify, more than 2.1 million people. Their study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, found that despite evidence of the cost-effectiveness of weight loss surgery, surgery rates were estimated to be a third of the NHS’s benchmark rate. The number of people eligible for surgery “far exceeds” the estimated number of people having procedures. Researchers, who examined the health of nearly 9,500 people, acknowledged the huge financial implications for the NHS if treatments http://online.wsj.com/article/HUG1754472.html were carried out in such greater numbers. But they said more investment may be necessary to meet a growing need for the procedures.
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Lose it! and Fooducate. These two diet apps tie for third place. Both feature a barcode scanner, a food and exercise tracking function, and exercises.
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