This article from the AP shows that roughly only about 1% of those who would benefit from weight loss surgery, such as gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or Lap Band, actually have insurance that covers these life-saving procedures.
There is no other disease that is as serious as obesity that has such abysmal coverage. It’s going to take a concerted effort to get employers and insurers to see that the long-term effects of obesity are much more costly than the surgery to treat it.
If you want to help, join the Obesity Action Coalition – http://www.obesityaction.org/
Dr. Trace Curry