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Medicare To Pay For Obesity Counseling

Medicare will pick up the tab for obesity screening and intensive behavioral counseling, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced late Tuesday. CMS, which first floated the obesity coverage plan last September, said it expects more than 30% of the Medicare population to qualify for the new benefit. Beneficiaries with body mass index values of…
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Diet e-Book Published By John LaRosa & Susan Burke March

"The Common Cent$Diet For The Busy Girl: Simple Do-it-Yourself Weight Loss" - October 2011 John LaRosa, Marketdata's President and the former VP of Nutrition for eDiets.com, Susan Burke March, RD, have teamed up to co-author a brand new e-book. The CommonCent$Diet For The Busy Girl: Simple Do-it-Yourself Weight Loss, is a plan based on the…
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Global Weight Loss Market to Reach $672 Billion? Really?

That's what a new study by MarketResearch.com says will happen by 2015. The report is entitled: "Global Weight Loss & Diet Management Products & Services Market (2010-2015)" and covers foods, beverages, drugs, surgeries, services, fitness equipment and accessories. The global weight loss and diet management products & services market was expected to be worth $390…
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Dieting Is Big Business in Canada Too…

Obesity is apparently big business in Canada too--about one tenth the size of the United States market. Many of the large U.S. weight loss companies have outlets in Canada (Weight Watchers, jenny Craig), along with many home-grown chains. According to The Star, at least $6 billion is spent annually by Canadians for weight loss surgeries,…
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Diet Plans Ranked by The Magazines – How Good Are The Rankings?

U.S. News's first-ever rankings, released last week, evaluated diets in seven categories, including short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, easiness to follow, and nutritional completeness. The government-endorsed DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) snagged the top spot overall. Weight Watchers came in #1, while Jenny Craig and the Raw Food Diet came in #2.…
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National Institute of Health Obesity Plan

More than a third of adults and nearly 17% of children in the United States are obese, increasing their chances of developing health problems including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease and some cancers. "This plan is a bold blueprint that will encourage the research community to examine the epidemic…
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