Transforming Obesity Treatment & Perception w/ Dr. Katherine Saunders

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Transforming Obesity Treatment & Perception w/ Dr. Katherine Saunders

March 29, 2024

Transforming Obesity Treatment & Perception w/ Dr. Katherine Saunders

Ozempic and Wegovy are all the rage as everyone tries to lose weight. But despite the epidemic of obesity, very few physicians are trained to address it. Today’s guest, Dr. Katherine Saunders is one of the few doctors specializing in obesity.

As founder of Intellihealth, she’s focused on scaling obesity treatment by enabling providers with technology.

Can this technology-enabled approach keep up with demand?

(5:52) What is it that makes obesity a disease?
(7:43) Advancements in anti-obesity medical interventions
(8:45) Why are GLP1s so popular and are they the singular solution to obesity?
(11:38) Barriers to obesity treatment
(13:08) How does the issue of weight bias come into play?
(14:29) The disconnect between supply and demand in obesity and geriatrics specialties
(17:10) What are the cardio-related benefits of GLP1s?
(20:43) Is it true that over 75% of Americans are overweight?
CareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (Senior Advisor, Walgreens) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy.

Dr. Katherine H. Saunders is a physician entrepreneur and a leading expert in Obesity Medicine. She is on the cutting edge of effective and compassionate obesity treatment. Dr. Saunders is on faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she teaches and precepts. Dr. Saunders received her undergraduate degree Phi Beta Kappa/Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College and her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, where she became a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Saunders is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Additionally, she has been featured in multiple national media outlets, including Women’s Health, USA Today, Medical News Today, and NY Post.

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