You are really displaying your ignorance with that comment. Indeed some patients would eliminate the need for a CPAP if they lost weight but, that would still only be a fraction of the people that need these machines. The problem is not with the machines but, with the patient interface....the masks, pillows, etc. The interface is the number one reason people are not compliant. I know at least a dozen people, some heavy, some thin that use these machines and you could not pry them away from them. They take them everywhere they travel to. I have heard too many people express the impact on their lives....it is not gimmickry.....better ways may be developed to improve the lives of these users but, there are no better alternatives right now.
Question to you....what is your motive to attack the credibility of these machines....not making any money off of it? I own stock in RMD and have been very dissapointed in their recent performance....but I do not doubt the effectiveness of their product. You should stop telling people not to use a device that could improve their quality of life.
However, adult obesity is forecast to hit 50% by 2030 so RMD could be a good long term bet.
However, since CPAP compliance is so low, if a new technology to treat sleep apnea ever comes out, RMD could be in trouble.
This a lame thread. Cpap is effective and well documented. I agree that if most people lose significant weight they can get off of therapy but believe me, consistent weight loss in America is never going to happen. Enjoy your cheese fries.