And We Keep Getting Fatter

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine states that 57% of the nation’s children and teens will be obese by age 35 if current trends continue.  Currently, the adult obesity rate is at a record 39.8%. The rate in children and teens is 18.5%.  How can we control healthcare costs if we cannot control this HUGE issue? I am not trying to fat shame. I am just being pragmatic.  Add to this that half of all Americans are healthcare illiterate and the fact that we doctors really don’t have great ways to keep people slim and you have a catastrophe coming. 

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “And We Keep Getting Fatter

  1. December 4, 2017 at 8:50 am

    What is health literacy, I asked myself. “Health literacy is the use of a wide range of skills that improve the ability of people to act on information in order to live healthier lives. These skills include reading, writing, listening, speaking, numeracy, and critical analysis, as well as communication and interaction skills.”

    Um, isn’t his just, “Literacy?”

  2. Thomas Guastavino
    December 4, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Now just imagine being reimbursed according to your patients level of obesity.

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