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.
licensing will be hard to predict because it is ultimately a decision that will have to be made on state level. A good step into the right direction would be industry standards but I do not know who would take the lead on this.
Personally, I am prepared and qualified to work with individuals who are obese and have co-morbidities, and I am comfortable doing so. I know of other trainers who are, I know of some who are not. Given how many obese individuals are seeking the help of personal trainers, it may be necessary that even basic personal trainer certification begin including more knowledge about it .