National Obesity Care Week, Oct. 30 - Nov. 5
More than one-third of the adult population, 36.5 percent, is affected by obesity, and the number of those affected by severe obesity continues to rise. It’s time for a change in obesity care. Our nation, led by the healthcare community, must attack obesity from multiple angles and unite to overhaul its treatment.
The 2nd Annual National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), October 30 through November 5, seeks to ignite a national movement to ensure anyone affected by obesity receives respectful and comprehensive care. ASMBS is a founding partner of NOCW, along with The Obesity Society, the Obesity Action Coalition, and Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance. Like-minded organizations are also joining the campaign from across the healthcare industry.
All of the supporters recognize that obesity is a multifactorial disease that can only be addressed with the full spectrum of evidence-based medical strategies.
These strategies include:
- Intensive Behavioral Treatment
- Behavior modification: exercise, diet/meal replacement, support groups
- Weight management products and programs
- Healthcare provider-supervised weight management
- Medications for weight loss and chronic weight management
- Bariatric surgery
Although we must educate people about these care options, we must also address barriers to care, such as weight bias in society and among the medical community. This year, the campaign launched its Take 5 Challenge to inspire action and encourage productive conversations around comprehensive obesity care in ways that will support patients and change practice.
Take 5 provides healthcare professionals with the tools and information they need to appropriately and compassionately address obesity care with patients, peers or people.
More information about National Obesity Care Week and its Take 5 Challenge, including trusted medical tools and resources, is available at www.obesitycareweek.org.