- More than 70% of large employers will cover weight-loss surgery in 2013 -- a rate similar to past years, according to a survey by the National Business Group on Health.
- The group's Large Employers' 2013 Health Design Survey found 79% plan to cover gastric bypass surgery and 70% laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.
- And 40% will cover physician-recommended obesity treatments for children, up slightly from 35% 2 years ago.
- With 42% of adults expected to be obese by 2030, according to a recent study, employer coverage for weight-management tools could play large for physicians and their patients.
- Employers aren't being altruistic in these coverage decisions, however.
- According to the chief executive of the business group, they must take these measures to help reduce the cost of providing health insurance -- because employees aren't taking the neccessary steps themselves.
And, sadly, we know that's true. Even if we WANT TO, and try to, sometimes losing weight is impossibly hard and just a cycle that we cannot break.