The Obesity Action Coalition says insurers and employers should cover surgical treatment for obesity.

OAC, Tampa, Fla., says new studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine show gastric bypass procedures significantly improved patients’ life expectancy.

“Obesity is not a cosmetic problem,” OAC President Joseph Nadglowski Jr. says. “As demonstrated in the NEJM studies, obesity interventions such as bariatric surgery save lives. It is now time for all insurers and employers to make obesity management services a priority and widely available to those affected by the diseases of obesity and morbid obesity.”