The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is a proud supporter of the inaugural National Obesity Care Week, observed November 1-7, 2015. The new initiative aims to advance a comprehensive, compassionate, and personalized approach to treating obesity as a disease and improve care for the millions of people affected by obesity.
While obesity has been in the national spotlight in recent years, research shows that conversations about how to address the disease are not happening where it matters most—with healthcare professionals.(1) Nearly half of people affected by obesity say they have not been advised by a physician about maintaining a healthy weight.(1,2)
National Obesity Care Week seeks to remedy this problem with a multi-tiered approach involving broad public awareness, healthcare professional education, and influencer engagement. This year’s campaign will focus on helping healthcare professionals:
- Recognize that obesity is a disease
- Understand the full spectrum of evidence-based medical strategies
ACPM encourages all medical professionals this week to examine the way you care for patients with obesity—recognizing any biases that may persist and evaluating the effectiveness of your communication with patients and the treatment options you recommend.
As a leader in preventive medicine, ACPM provides a range educational materials for physicians and medical professionals which may strengthen their understanding of evidence-based treatment options for patients with obesity. Our clinical reference tools focusing on obesity include:
In addition, ACPM is developing a Weight Management Certification Program for weight loss centers and institutions, and many portions of the soon-to-be-released Lifestyle Medicine Competencies Curriculum will be informative for practitioners working with their patients to prevent and treat obesity. Several pilot webinars derived from the full curriculum—discussing nutrition, exercise, stress, and sleep—are available now.
More than 35 leading U.S. healthcare organizations support National Obesity Care Week and its mission to improve treatment for the millions of Americans affected by obesity. Many partners have also shared their obesity resources for patients and medical professionals.
Learn more about this important campaign by visiting obesitycareweek.org, reading the press release from the founding organizations, and following updates from ObesityWeek 2015, an international conference focused on the science and treatment of obesity.
(1) Tompson T, et al. US Center for Public Affairs Research 2012 Report. Available at: http://www.apnorc.org/PDFs/Obesity/AP-NORC-Obesity-Research-Highlights.pdf. Accessed October 1, 2015.
(2) US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Prevalence of overweight, obesity, and extreme obesity among adults: United States, trends 1960-1962 through 2007-2008. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/obesity_adult_07_08/obesity_adult_07_08.pdf. Published June 2010. Accessed October 14, 2015.
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