It had been generally assumed that older Americans were not experiencing the higher rates of obesity seen in children, adolescents and younger adults. Not so, according to a new federal report. The report, covering many demographic features of older Americans, finds that in 2009-10, 38% of people age 65 and over were obese, compared with 22% in 1988-1994. In 2009-2010, 44% of people age 65-74 were obese, as were nearly 30% of those 75 and over. The report is available at http://www.agingstats.gov/agingstatsdotnet/main_site/default.aspx.
This report would indicate that Medicare should do more to address obesity in the over 65 population. Bariatric surgery is already covered as is intensive behavioral counseling. What is excluded are drugs to treat obesity under Part D. This report would indicate it is time to re-examine this exclusion.