ASMBS Joins National Obesity Care Week 2017:
Take 5 Pledge to Change the Way We Care

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Published in October Issue             

Today, more than 90 million adult Americans currently have obesity, and in the last 20 years, obesity rates have doubled among adults. It’s time to change the way that we care about obesity. With obesity on the rise, our organization, alongside other organizations, must attack this disease from multiple angles and unite to overhaul the treatment of obesity.
At ASMBS, we recognize this challenge and the important role we can play.

The 3rd Annual National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), October 29th through November 4th, seeks to ignite a national movement to ensure anyone affected by obesity receives respectful and comprehensive care. ASMBS is proud to join the Campaign, which was founded by The Obesity Society, the Obesity Action Coalition, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

All NOCW supporters recognize the 5 Reasons to Care:

  • Obesity is a serious disease.
  • Weight bias is faced by many.
  • Healthcare providers need to have positive, helpful conversations about weight with their patients.
  • Science-based weight management options are available for treatment.
  • We need your help passing the 2017 Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA).

Although we must educate people about these 5 reasons to care, we must also address barriers to care, such as weight bias in both society and among the medical community. We need more voices – your voice – to reach our goal of achieving better care. You can join us and take action to change the way that you care about obesity by taking the Take 5 Pledge. The Take 5 Pledge is intended to inspire action by addressing the 5 reasons to care and encourage us to change the way that we care about obesity.

More information about National Obesity Care Week and their Take 5 Pledge, including information and resources, is available on www.ObesityCareWeek.org.

Mark your calendars, and join us in recognizing National Obesity Care Week,
October 29th – November 4th.