So now that obesity is classified as a disease, and we know that :obesity often presents with other comorbidities:
1. Do you think personal trainers will become a licensed profession?
2. Are fitness professionals adequately prepared to work with diseased populations?
By the way, this is not a scope of practice question. It’s a look at my industry question.
/Agree with LaRue.
1- Personal trainers probably won’t become any more licensed unless they start offering specialties in state regulated weight loss programs. With the training many PTs receive I’d bet that people like physical therapists would start to receive more training on this kind of subject.
2- Some will be ready to work with diseased populations, others wont. Depends on the skills, experience and education personal trainers bring to the table, and with the variation we all have in those it sounds really hit or miss.