Defining the Scope of the Obesity Crisis

HCPLive Crisis Point takes an in-depth look at the obesity crisis, beginning with the process of medical diagnosis and who is impacted the most by the disease.

Welcome to HCPLive Crisis Point, a comprehensive look at the public health crises affecting the United States today, with global implications tomorrow.

If the crisis point is the moment where a crisis will worsen or begins to get better, the question remains: Where are we now?

The first edition of this series tackles the obesity crisis, with a particular focus on the scope of the issues, what clinicians face in their daily practice, regional effects, and the path towards a blueprint to solving the crisis.

This episode will focus on the scope of the obesity crisis, with details on the definition of obesity, factors behind the medical process of diagnosis and treatment, and the framework of larger impacts of the disease.

In order to tailor this larger, important conversation, we spoke to advocates and experts in the fields of obesity medicine, bariatrics, and public health:

- Hans Schmidt, MD, Division Chief, Bariatric Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center

- Shauna Downs, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Public Health

- Jun Tashiro, MD, Pediatric Surgeon, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, NYU Langone Health

- Jose Aleman, MD, Assistant Professor, NYU Langone Health

- Louis Aronne, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Intellihealth and Medical Director, Comprehensive Weight Control Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center

Next week’s episode will focus on the clinical aspects and potential burdens clinicians face during obesity care. Thanks for watching and stay tuned for more from HCPLive Crisis Point.