News and Trends—December 2016

| December 1, 2016

New Survey Shows Obesity Ties Cancer as Top Health Threat, Bigger Than Heart Disease and Diabetes for Most Americans
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—Americans take obesity as seriously as cancer, and say it’s an even bigger health threat than heart disease, the nation’s leading killer, yet most do not go beyond traditional diets or involve doctors in their largely unsuccessful personal struggles against the disease, according to a new survey by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the independent research organization, NORC at the University of Chicago. The findings were released here during ObesityWeek 2016, the largest international event focused on the basic science, clinical application and prevention and treatment of obesity.

The ASMBS/NORC Obesity Poll finds that 81 percent of Americans consider obesity to be the most serious health problem facing the nation, tying cancer as the top issue, ahead of diabetes (72 percent), heart disease (72 percent), mental illness (65 percent), and HIV/AIDS (46 percent). In 2011- 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the prevalence of obesity was more than 36 percent in adults, a number that has grown significantly in the last 10 years.

Obesity Medicine Association Applauds American Medical Association’s Decision to Adopt New Anti-HCG Policy
Policy States Use of HCG for Weight Loss Inappropriate
ORLANDO, Florida—The American Medical Association (AMA) passed policy that ensures patients with obesity will receive better care.
The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) applauds this decision by the AMA. Representatives from OMA introduced the policy to the AMA House of Delegates calling on the AMA to establish a position that the use of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) for weight and hair loss product hair systems is inappropriate. The AMA House of Delegates voted to approve this statement as official AMA policy.

HCG has long been touted as a miracle weight loss supplement, but clinical trials have shown that HCG does not induce weight loss or improve a person’s health.
The policy is consistent with a position statement released by OMA in 2010 denouncing the use of HCG as a treatment for weight loss.

“To date, scientific studies have shown HCG to be an ineffective treatment option,” said Dr. Ethan Lazarus, OMA’s representative in the AMA House of Delegates.
“Nevertheless, many ‘medical’ weight loss centers claim that HCG is a miracle treatment. They continue to offer HCG, deceiving individuals to spend money on a treatment that doesn’t actually work,” Lazarus added.

Lazarus addressed the AMA House of Delegates during its interim meeting with the message that obesity is a chronic disease and should be treated appropriately. This policy deeming the use of HCG for weight loss inappropriate is one of several policies adopted by the AMA in the last few years that improves how patients with obesity receive care in the U.S.

Dr. Lazarus is an obesity medicine specialist in Greenwood Village, Colo.
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. OMA members believe that sustained results – brought about by comprehensive, individualized treatment plans – improve overall health and provide hope for those affected by obesity. Learn more about OMA at

OAC Takes Aim at Ending Weight Bias with End-of-the-Year Donation Campaign
Tampa, Florida—The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a more than 54,000 member-strong 501(c)(3) National non-profit organization, is setting its sights on ending weight bias with public support for its 2016 end-of-year donation campaign, End Weight Bias—People First, Perception Matters.

As 2016 comes to a close, the OAC is asking all of its members, supporters and partners to help fund its future weight bias efforts by making a charitable gift to the OAC’s weight bias initiative fund. In 2016, the OAC made national headlines with its weight bias efforts by unveiling its online image gallery, the OAC Image Gallery, which hosts hundreds of bias-free stock images available for free.

“Addressing weight bias was a key theme for the OAC this year as we unveiled our brand new image gallery and continued to provide public resources to reduce bias and stigma. In order for us to continue our efforts in fighting weight bias, we’re asking for our members and the public to please make a charitable contribution to the OAC during this holiday season. With your support, we can expand our bias efforts and continue to raise awareness of this very important issue,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.

According to research led by Rebecca Puhl, PhD, of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, weight discrimination is the second most common form of discrimination reported by women, and children with excess weight are six times more likely to experience bullying than peers of normal weight.

“Weight bias is very much alive and well. The OAC is leading the charge in the fight against weight bias, but it will take a concerted effort for us to enact positive, sustainable change. Far too often, people with obesity are targeted in the media, pop culture, employment and more for their weight. This is unacceptable, and it needs to end,” said Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, OAC Chairwoman.

To learn more about End Weight Bias—People First, Perception Matters and make your charitable gift to the OAC today, please visit
About the OAC. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a more than 54,000 member-strong National non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by the disease of obesity through education, advocacy and support.

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) Partner Update: Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) Offers One-Day Intro Courses Nationwide
Tampa, Florida—The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) recently announced a series of one-day courses offered nationwide to introduce physicians to the practice of obesity medicine.

The Obesity Medicine Basics course will cover the basics of medical obesity treatment and lay the groundwork for physicians interested in pursuing further education about obesity medicine. Physicians can earn up to 7 CME credits for the daylong course. The credits count toward the American Board of Obesity Medicine CME requirement GROUP TWO activities.
Course content includes:
• Introduction to Obesity Medicine
• Adiposopathy and Weight-Related Disease
•    Assessment and Evaluation of Patients
•    Nutrition
•    Physical Activity
•    Behavior
•    Medication
•    Assessing Outcomes and When to Refer

Courses will be held in the following cities:
Dallas (Jan. 14)
Los Angeles (Jan. 21)
Atlanta (Feb. 4)
Baltimore (Feb. 18)
Miami (Feb. 25)

Visit to learn more about the Obesity Medicine Basics for 2017.

In addition, OMA will host two major conferences on the topic of obesity medicine next year: Obesity Medicine 2017 April 19-23 in Seattle and Overcoming Obesity 2017 Sept. 13-17 in San Antonio. Obesity Medicine 2017 and Overcoming Obesity 2017 are eligible for ABOM GROUP ONE CME credit.


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