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Doctor calls obesity a ‘gateway disease,’ says interventions are ‘vital’

Published June 20, 2024 3:13pm EDT

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) conducted a systematic review of various types of weight management interventions including behavioral counseling and prescription medications for people 6 years of age and older.

The USPSTF recommends intensive behavioral counseling for children and adolescents with obesity, citing a need for at least 26 hours of intervention.

Dr. Brett Osborn, a neurosurgeon and longevity medicine expert, supports this. "This recommendation is not just a guideline; it's a call to action."

"Early recognition and intervention are critical to curbing a potential lifetime of health problems."

Obesity is a gateway disease linked to various health issues like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

About 19.7% of U.S. children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19 have a body mass index (BMI) at or above 95%, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Dr. Osborn emphasizes that early intervention is crucial and that behavioral interventions are "vital" to encourage healthier lifestyles.

He also recommends incorporating medications such as Ozempic or GLP-1 agonists to kick-start weight loss.

"These medications can be particularly beneficial when behavioral interventions alone do not suffice, helping adolescents gain the momentum needed to adopt and maintain healthier lifestyles," Dr. Osborn said.

The full version of this article was published on Fox News by Melissa Rudy on June 20, 2024