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Obesity Care Week 2022
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The STOP Obesity Alliance is proud to be a founding partner of the 8th annual Obesity Care Week, which starts today and runs through Friday, March 5th.
An estimated 93 million Americans are currently affected by the disease of obesity. Despite extensive research, stigma and misperceptions continue to prevent the effective treatment of the disease. One in two people with obesity report that they have never had a conversation about their weight with a healthcare professional, and only 4 in 10 patients report that they have been counseled about their weight by a healthcare professional. Reasons that this conversation between healthcare providers and their patients do not occur include provider-based weight bias, discomfort with opening the conversation, and a lack of knowledge regarding the impact of obesity on health. As we have learned over the past two years, obesity is a risk factor for complications and hospitalization from COVID-19, providing all the more reason to ensure the accessibility of effective obesity treatment.
Obesity Care Week (OCW) is a public awareness event supported by over 100 health organizations and leaders in 80 countries around the world. OCW Champions and Partners stand together to acknowledge obesity as a complex, chronic, recurring disease. We are grateful to the over 20 STOP Obesity Alliance members who are OCW champions this year, many whom have been a part of OCW since the beginning.
Founded in 2015, OCW has a global vision for a society that understands, respects and accepts the complexities of obesity and values science and clinically-based care. The STOP Obesity Alliance, with our other founding partners – the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), and The Obesity Society (TOS) – believe that together, we can make a better world for people living with obesity.
OCW2022 will elevate the discussion on five key issue areas related to obesity: recognition of obesity as a disease; combatting weight bias and stigma; expanding access to care; treating obesity with science-based treatments; and expanding proven prevention programs. To address and educate others about important obesity topics, the STOP Obesity Alliance has developed our Fast Fact sheets on a diverse range of subjects. Obesity Care Week is a great time to share them on social media or on your websites to help educate others.
World Obesity Day, on March 4, is also celebrated during OCW. The mission of World Obesity Day is to increase awareness of the root causes of obesity and encourage advocacy for change at the local, national, and global levels. Please join me for a Twitter chat to celebrate World Obesity Day on March 4th at 1:00 pm ET using the hashtag #WorldObesityDay and #TOSchat.
We also encourage you to sign-up for OCW2022 alerts and stay up-to-date with the latest news and information on how to help change the world for people living with obesity during OCW. Please follow Obesity Care Week on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and like, comment, and share OCW2022 content using #OCW2022 on your social media pages!
The change required to adequately and appropriately treat obesity can only happen with your help. The time to act is now, visit to learn more and get involved!


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Upcoming Events

Feb 27-Mar 5: Obesity Care Week
-Feb 28: Roundtable Discussion
-Mar 1: Obesity Treatment
-Mar 2: Weight Bias
-Mar 4: Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
-Mar 5: I Care!

Mar 2: TOS Webinar - Obesity Management
Mar 4: World Obesity Day
Mar 17: TOS Webinar - Pediatric Obesity
Mar 23: COPE Webinar
Mar 23: Obesity Medicine 2022 Early Bird Deadline
Apr 27-May 1: Obesity Medicine 2022 Conference
May 18-21: Obesity Medicine 2022 DX

Obesity Care Week 2022
ABOM New Certification Exam Dates
Upcoming Webinars with The Obesity Society
Learn from opinion leaders and influencers in the obesity field when you register for a webinar. In March 2022, The Obesity Society will present two webinars: Personalizing Obesity Management: Who, When and How? on March 2 and Pediatric Obesity on March 17. Each webinar offers CME credit and includes on-demand recording access.

Learn more and register here.
Obesity Medicine Association Launches New Journal
Obesity Pillars is OMA's new open-access online-only journal dedicated to the publication of clinical and evidence-based research for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care clinicians in the field of obesity medicine. The first issue of Obesity Pillars is now available to read online.

Read the first issue here.
Attend Obesity Medicine 2022 Conference this Spring and Save $300
Earn up to 30 CME/CE during the Obesity Medicine 2022 Conference on April 27-May 1 in Atlanta, or May 18-21 through the virtual Digital Experience (DX). Check out the ALL NEW format and attend the proficiency or masters track to learn to treat obesity at the root and manage your patients’ obesity-related conditions. Register before March 23 to save up to $300 with Early Bird pricing.

Learn more and register here.
Upcoming Webinar with COPE
Adolescents with intellectual disabilities (ID) are an underserved group who often experience challenges with weight control, yet research on weight loss and obesity treatment for this population is limited. COPE is pleased to be hosting a free webinar for health professionals (with 1 contact hour for RNs and 1 CPEU for dietitians) on March 23 at 12 PM ET, titled, “Weight Management Interventions for Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities”, presented by Lauren Ptomey, PhD, RD, LD. 

Dr. Ptomey will present recent advances in treatment, including findings from 3 adequately powered weight management interventions designed for either adults or adolescents with ID. Finally, Dr. Ptomey will discuss gaps in the literature regarding promotion of physical activity and will provide tips and suggestions for working with individuals with ID.

Learn more and register here.
ABOM Announces New Certification Exam Dates and Development/Delivery Partnership 
The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) announced that it is partnering with Professional Testing, Inc. to develop and administer the annual certification examination for obesity medicine physicians through Pearson VUE, the global leader in exam delivery for medical organizations. 

To facilitate the transition to Professional Testing and Pearson VUE, the 2022 ABOM exam administration window is shifting from September 2022 to November 2022.

The 2022 Exam Key Dates and Fees are as follows:
Exam administration window: November 7-19, 2022
Application deadline and fee: July 15, 2022 ($1,500 fee)
Late application period and fee: July 16-August 8, 2022 ($1,750 fee)

Review the exam eligibility requirements here.
Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness Chair, Dr. William Dietz, and Sydney Pryor, PhD candidate, co-authored two papers published on February 9, 2022 in the journal Current Obesity Reports.

Both papers build on findings from the Lancet Commission on Obesity's 2019 report on the Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change, co-chaired by Dr. Dietz. 
In the new paper, How Can We Act to Mitigate the Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change?, Dietz and Pryor "identify dietary and active transport strategies that reduce greenhouse gases and obesity, and thereby mitigate the effects of climate change on crop yields and micronutrient content."

In the other new paper, The COVID-19, Obesity, and Food Insecurity Syndemic, Pryor and Dietz "introduce and provide evidence for the new Syndemic of COVID-19, Obesity, and Food Insecurity and propose strategies for mitigating its impact, particularly among vulnerable populations."
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