Americans suffering from obesity today need a holistic approach that includes a wide range of treatment options, from diet and exercise to drug therapies and surgery. If there were a one-size-fits-all solution, we would have solved this problem long ago. Patients need individualized approaches to lose weight, avoid chronic conditions and begin to break the cycle of obesity.
Just as it took a nation of communities to effectively address the effect of Hurricane Katrina, overcoming the national obesity epidemic will require the collaboration and long-term dedication of individuals, physicians, support teams and communities. Solutions will not be easy or quick, but we must address this issue now for both the financial and physical well-being of present and future generations.
Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is a physician specializing in the treatment of diseases of the liver.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.