The new policy appears in IRS Publication 502. Treatments covered by the new policy include:
- physician-prescribed behavioral counseling
- nutritional counseling
However, health club dues, over-the-counter products and nutritional supplements are not covered.
According to the American Obesity Association (AOA), 26% of Americans are obese, resulting in $100 billion in health care treatment costs per year.
The AOA petitioned the IRS to include the treatments.
A guide to the new policy is available on the AOA site .