The Science of Obesity Management: An Endocrine Society Scientific Statement

The prevalence of obesity, measured by body mass index, has risen to unacceptable levels in both men and women in the United States and worldwide with resultant hazardous health implications. Genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors influence the development of obesity, and both the general public and health professionals stigmatize those who suffer from the disease. Obesity is associated with and contributes to a shortened life span, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, kidney disease, obstructive sleep apnea, gout, osteoarthritis, and hepatobiliary disease, a

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March 7, 2018 Comments are off OCAN

OCAN on the Hill: Advocating for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act

On Tuesday, February 27, various OCAN leaders joined more than 80 individuals from 24 different states in attending the second annual OCAN Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to advocate for the passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). Once again, advocates urged legislators to support and cosponsor this key obesity care legislation which will provide Medicare beneficiaries and their healthcare providers with meaningful tools to treat obesity by: Improving access to weight management counseling; And allowing for coverage of FDA-approved therape

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The Impact of Medicare Coverage for Anti-Obesity Interventions

Obesity is acknowledged as a critical public health concern in the US. The economic burden of the disease is not insignificant. Estimates vary, but a recent study suggested that in the US, the cost of obesity, and obesity-related treatments, was approximately $427.8 billion in 2014, an amount that has undoubtedly escalated in the years that followed owing to the increasing numbers of individuals with obesity. Using a validated and published 

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August 28, 2017 Comments are off OCAN

OCAN to Join Others on Capitol Hill

On September 26 and 27, leaders from the Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) will join with over 400 employees of Novo Nordisk, Inc, for a two-day advocacy blitz of Capitol Hill to urge Congress to pass S. 830/H.R. 1953- the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). The legislation, which has the bipartisan support of over 100 House and Senate co-sponsors, aims to effectively treat and reduce obesity in older Americans by enhancing Medicare beneficiaries’ access to healthcare providers that are best suited to provide intensive behavioral therapy (IBT) and by allowing Medicare Part D to cover FDA-a

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March 2, 2017 Comments are off OCAN

Economics of Obesity: Implications for Productivity and Competitiveness

OCAN Blankets Capitol Hill – Meeting with over 150 Congressional Offices to support TROA and NOCW On February 27, 2017, the obesity community joined together for the first Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) Advocacy Day of 2017 -- with 120 attendees visiting more than 150 congressional offices. During their visits, OCAN members educated legislators and congressional staff about both the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) and a congressional resolution that would designate the week of October 29 – November 4, 2017 as National Obesity Care Week (NOCW). Sandwiched in bet

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Weight Shaming Falls as Medical View of Obesity Grows

New research to be presented at ObesityWeek 2016 indicates that weight shaming may be easing a bit. At the same time, the public increasingly understands that obesity is a medical condition. Between 2013 and 2016, public perception of obesity as a “personal problem of bad choices” has dropped from 44% to 34%. On top of that, public agreement that people with obesity need medical help increased significantly over the last year.

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Health Plans Often Stand in the Way of Obesity Care

New research from two separate studies presented at ObesityWeek in New Orleans demonstrates that health plans often stand in the way of obesity care. In one study, researchers from Harvard, ConscienHealth, and the Obesity Action Coalition found that most Americans report they don’t have health insurance that will pay for obesity care recommended in evidence-based guidelines. These include dietary counseling, medical obesity treatment, and bariatric surgery. Even for people with employers that are targeting obesity in their wellness programs, more often than not, people do not believe that t

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October 5, 2016 Comments are off OCAN

AACE Announces the Launch of the Obesity Resource Center

The AACE Obesity Resource Center is a compendium of educational tools to educate AACE members and other health care professionals about the rapidly evolving landscape of obesity science and pharmacotherapy and complications-centric strategies that will result in improved long-term maintenance of weight loss in patients with obesity. The content is divided into three sections, each containing detailed, downloadable slide decks: What is the disease of obesity? Why do we treat obesity? How do we treat obesity? The 

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New Research Shows Keeping the Weight off is a Lot More than Willpower

Both moderate and dramatic weight loss lower metabolic rate; Less weight loss is still beneficial to health In a special mini-series in the journal, leading obesity experts weigh in on the two papers through two additional commentaries and an editorial, all of which explain the phenomenon of metabolic adaptation, or the process where weight loss is accompanied by a decline in energy (caloric) expenditure as weight is lost. These studies were conducted on different populations, but reached the same conclusion: weight regain results from complex biological force

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Obesity Score 3-2 for the Affordable Care Act

Speaking at the 13th Annual Bariatric Summit in Nashville yesterday, Ted Kyle tallied a score of three pluses and two minuses for people living with obesity under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. On the plus side of the ledger, Kyle identified three key gains:

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