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Obesity Care Advocacy Network Comments on HHS Prevention X Initiative

December 20, 2019

To: U.S Department on Health and Human Services 

"While evidence and science demonstrate that obesity is a disease, weight bias impedes treating obesity as a disease in public policy surrounding public health and health insurance coverage issues. For example, the draft objectives for Healthy People 2030 identified several weight related diseases as health objectives but did not include addressing obesity and overweight as a specific objective. Health insurance coverage policy permits limitations and exclusion of obesity treatment, yet obesity is a disease and as eloquently noted by the Prevention X initiative is a disease that is driving our country’s current public health chronic condition crisis."

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