Published in May 2014 Issue             

Unified Accreditation Program Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted in the unified accreditation program between the ACS and the ASMBS as outlined in the Resource Manual Optimal Care for the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 standards document. Initial applicants will need to submit a pre-application before gaining access to the application and must meet all standards for the designation level sought prior to submission. For more information regarding MBSAQIP, please visit the MBSAQIP website at or email:

IFSO Position Statement on Bariatric Surgery in Class I Obesity

The “IFSO Position Statement on Bariatric Surgery in Class I Obesity (BMI 30-35)” focusing on the safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery in patients with class I obesity was approved by the IFSO Executive Board, and published in the April issue of Obesity Surgery. A panel reached consensus on 10 clinical recommendations, which are available here. They concluded “the denial of bariatric surgery to a patient with class I obesity suffering from a significant obesity-related health burden and not achieving weight control with nonsurgical therapy simply on the basis of the BMI level does not appear to be clinically justified. A clinical decision should be based on a more comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s current global health and on a more reliable prediction of future morbidity and mortality.”

New Guidelines on Obesity Released to Educate Media

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and The Obesity Society recently announced the release of newly-drafted guidelines to help journalists report on obesity. The guidelines focus on conducting balanced coverage, using people-first language to describe individuals with obesity, selecting appropriate imagery and avoiding weight-based stereotypes. To download a copy of the guidelines, click here.

Program Schedule Available Now for OAC 3rd Annual Your Weight Matters National Covention September 25 – 28

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) has released a Spanish version of the Your Weight Matters Campaign toolkit. In a news release OAC President and CEO Joe Nadglowski commented, “With more than 42 percent of the U.S. Hispanic population impacted by the disease of obesity, we felt it was imperative to offer the campaign and its contents to this population.” The toolkit provides patients with information to talk to their doctors about their weight, including sample questions and resources on the available obesity treatment options. The Spanish version of the toolkit is available online for free by clicking here.