About 40% of U.S. adults were obese in 2015-2016, up from 34% in 2007-2008, according to a study reported online today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. About 8% of adults were severely obese, up from 6% in 2007-2008. Obesity increased among women and in adults aged 40 and older, while severe obesity increased in both men and women and adults under 60. Almost 19% of youth were obese in 2015-2016, about the same as in 2007-2008. Among adults aged 20 and older, obesity was defined as a body mass index of 30 or more, and severe obesity a BMI of 40 or more. The findings are based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
The AHA commented today on the Stopping the Outrageous Practice of Surprise Medical Bills (S. 1531), legislation developed by the Senate Bipartisan Working…
Surprise billing has no place in health care and America’s hospitals and health systems are committed to protecting patients from this unfair practice.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a hearing on its discussion draft of bipartisan legislation to address surprise medical bills.
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