News and Notes

Published in December Issue             

ASMBS Video Committee Launches Video Library
for Members

The ASMBS Video Committee has created a library of videos for members. Click here to see the more than 100 videos on research findings and live surgeries on topics including primary bariatric procedures, robotic surgery, endoscopy and more. You must be an active ASMBS member to play videos.

Dr. Neil Floch Named Social Media Associate Editor of SOARD

ASMBS members took to Twitter to congratulate Dr. Neil Floch (@NeilFlochMd), on his appointment as the new Social Media Associate Editor of Surgery for Obesity And Related Diseases.

Inaugural Visual Abstract of SOARD

Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseasespublished its first visual abstract about obesity in America, based on the findings from the 2016 ASMBS Obesity in America Survey. It found Americans consider obesity to be a top public health threat yet hold major misperceptions about its diagnosis and treatment. Click here to read more about the results of the survey, which were published in the October 2017 issue of SOARD.

3rd Annual National Obesity Care Week Changes the Way We Care About Obesity

More than 1,500 individuals across the nation pledged to change the way they care about the disease of obesity through the National Obesity Care Week (NOCW) Take 5 Pledge. NOCW was held during ObesityWeek 2017, and welcomed more than 50 advocates to help gain support for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). Advocates visited legislators on Capitol Hill and helped add 12 co-sponsors to TROA, which now has the support of 139 legislators from the House and Senate. The Senate also joined Washington, DC, Mayor, Muriel Bowser, in voting in favor of the NOCW resolution recognizing October 29th – November 4th, 2017 as “National Obesity Care Week.” Click here to learn more about NOCW or visit

The AAP and The Obesity Society Address the Social and Emotional Impact of Weight Stigma on Children, Teens

For children who have overweight or obesity, stigma and discrimination can add to their health problems and harm their quality of life, making them feel isolated, embarrassed and sad. In a new jointly written policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics and The Obesity Society offer guidance for pediatricians and healthcare professionals to reduce weight stigmatization and discrimination, and to educate others about the negative consequences of such actions. The policy statement, "Stigma Experienced by Children and Adolescents with Obesity," was published in the December 2017 issue of Pediatrics and can
be read here.