In 2013, obesity was recognized as a chronic disease state by the American Medical Association (AMA). This milestone decision by the AMA brought obesity to the forefront and illuminated the urgent need for better obesity care. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults are affected by obesity. Obesity is at the heart of several other chronic medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, and certain cancers.
Despite a growing, widespread recognition that obesity is a chronic disease, many of those affected are not aware of the available treatment options. Obesity results from a complex combination of genetic, metabolic, environmental, and social factors and is therefore best treated by a health care professional specially trained in obesity medicine. Obesity medicine clinicians, such as those trained through the Obesity Medicine Association, create individualized treatment plans for patients using a four-tiered approach comprised of nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and medication.
In recognition of Employee Wellbeing Month, employers can learn more about clinical obesity treatment and help employees find effective care. Individuals can search for an obesity medicine clinician in their area using the Obesity Medicine Association’s database, available at FindObesityTreatment.org.
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- What Is Obesity?
- What Is an Obesity Medicine Clinician?
- What Does an Obesity Medicine Clinician Do?
- What Is Obesity Medicine?
- What Every Health Care Professional Needs to Know to Treat Obesity
- Media Guidelines for Portrayals of Individuals Affected by Obesity
About the Obesity Medicine Association
The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) is the largest organization of clinicians dedicated to preventing, treating, and reversing the disease of obesity. Members of OMA believe treating obesity requires a scientific and individualized approach comprised of nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and medication. When personalized, this comprehensive approach helps patients achieve their weight and health goals. Visit obesitymedicine.org to learn more.