Health care and advocacy groups must work together to increase access to obesity treatments, according to former Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson. Thompson spoke at the Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) Advocacy Leadership Reception, “Partnering to Treat Obesity,” during ObesityWeek.
“All parts of the health system must work together and coordinate their activities to tackle obesity,” said Thompson who was governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2001 and HHS Secretary from 2001 to 2005. “Prevention, treatment and research must work in tandem toward a common goal. Building and strengthening partnerships is key if we are ever to win this battle.”
The focus of the Advocacy Leadership Reception "Partnering to Treat Obesity" was to encourage organizations to join the OAC in the Partnership to Treat Obesity (PTO), whose mission is to encourage federal and state policymakers to recognize that obesity is a serious chronic disease, which deserves to be treated in the same fashion as other chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and others.
"We must strengthen ourselves as a community," said OAC President and CEO, Joe Nadglowski. "If we do, we are confident we will make a difference and increase access to obesity treatments for everyone affected by this disease."