Obesity Guidelines and Position Statements

Obesity is a multi-factorial chronic disease requiring a comprehensive approach to both prevent and treat. Obesity is a major contributor to a large number of preventable deaths in the U.S. and it carries with it a large number of related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, certain cancers, sleep apnea and arthritis. Treating or addressing obesity among those already affected by obesity is difficult. This is clearly demonstrated by the more than 38 percent of Americans who are currently affected by obesity. However challenging though, efforts must be made to both prevent and treat obesity at all stages and in all age groups. Treatment approaches should include: school and community-based programs; lifestyle interventions; educational programs; drug, diet and physician-supervised programs; nutritional counseling; and bariatric surgery.

Below, you will find links to various obesity guidelines that OCAN partners have developed in an effort to address the obesity epidemic:

Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Obesity Medicine Association

The Obesity Society

Endocrine Society

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists