POLICY BRIEF: Breaking Down The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
What is TROA?
In the context of high-income countries, the United States ranks first as the nation with the highest obesity rate. This prevalent issue among Americans has been a concern for some decades, and continues to pose a threat to the future. A recent study concluded that over 42% of Americans are overweight, but more than 70% of Americans fall into the overweight category.
Congress announced that the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) would provide coverage for counseling, FDA approved prescription drugs, and other methods of weight loss aid, under Medicare.
The cause of increasing obesity rates in the country are likely occurring on account of the inactive nature of many Americans and increasing portion sizes consumed at meals. Additionally, the nutritional value of fast food is appalling, but significantly more affordable than healthy alternatives. This creates so many potential risks for the future. Consequences of obesity include but are not limited to: strokes, heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer in extreme cases.
The TROA is a fresh glance on efforts to combat obesity in the US. According to Obesity Action, It is not associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), universal healthcare coverage, or the Green New Deal. In 2021, the TROA was reintroduced into Congress by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) among many other political leaders.
The results of this bill will positively affect anyone involved. With prevention measures set in place for obesity, thousands of dollars will stay in the wallets of hard working citizens. There will be no need to spend money on insulin or costly medications that would likely come from acquiring diabetes. The TROA still involves professional supervision while providing liberty to these potential patients.
Since it is covered by Medicare, the bill would be funded through federal efforts. Though many Senators and Congressmen sponsor the TROA, hopefully it will attain even more traction and sponsors in the future. There are a plethora of benefits to this act. The TROA supports a great cause because it puts the health and safety of citizens above all else. Prioritizing the physical well being of Americans would make them feel more valued, and better overall.