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Can Pharmacists Help in The Fight Against Obesity?

4 months ago  •  Add Comment  •  by Donna Bliss

Prior to indulging in a long weekend of hotdogs, burgers, cold beer and more, we thought this article was more appropriate than ever.  Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Do you know what the obesity rate in America is for 2019? According to new data retrieved, 40% of all Americans are obese!

Think about this for a moment. There are many overweight individuals in the 60% “non-obese” category and if they don’t bring down their BMI, they’ll soon add to the 40% statistic.

These numbers are frightening. It’s the highest percentage ever recorded in history for obesity in the US.

Intervention is needed from as many sources as possible. So, we’ve asked the question. Are pharmacists able to help in the fight against the climbing obesity numbers? The answer is most definitely yes.

Pharmacists have a front row seat when it comes to health. They have the ability & opportunity to interact with patients on a personal level. Let’s have a look at some of the ways pharmacists can help fight obesity.

Educate

Pharmacists have the knowledge to educate patients on how they can prevent obesity. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.

Medical History

Your pharmacologist can track your medical history to see what the cause of your obesity might be. Different factors might be taken into consideration when looking into the pattern behind obesity to effectively counter it.

Kick-Start

In some cases, it might be essential to take oral medication to suppress your appetite. A pharmacist will be able to give you the necessary medication & guidance on how to use it.

It’s important to know these medications are only to be used for a maximum of six months. If you’re contraindicated for a certain drug you can talk to your chemist about a different option.

Final thoughts

Pharmacists offer so much in the health & wellness industry. Their main goal is to prevent obesity & illnesses that develop because of weight gain. The good news is they’re also equipped to help you on the road to healthier weight if you’re already part of the 40% obese individuals in the US.

They have the knowledge, contacts, and medication. They’re the ultimate health gurus & can help fight obesity one patient at a time.

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