CPMA Joins National Obesity Care Week 2015: Change the Way We Care

CPMA Joins National Obesity Care Week 2015: Change the Way We Care

Today, more than a third of the adult population, 35 percent, is affected by obesity. The number of adults who are affected by severe obesity continues to rise. It’s time for a change in obesity care. With severe obesity on the rise, our nation, led by the healthcare community, must attack this disease from multiple angles and unite to overhaul the treatment of obesity. At the California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA), we recognize this challenge and the important role we can play.

The first-ever National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), November 1 through November 7, seeks to ignite a national movement to ensure anyone affected by obesity receives respectful and comprehensive care. CPMA is proud to join the Campaign, which was founded by The Obesity Society, the Obesity Action Coalition, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Like-minded organizations are also joining the Campaign from across the healthcare industry including the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American College of Preventative Medicine and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

All of the supporters recognize that obesity is a multifactorial disease that can only be addressed with the full spectrum of evidence-based medical strategies. These strategies include:

• Intensive Behavioral Treatment

• Behavior modification: exercise, diet/meal replacement, support groups

• Weight management products and programs

• Healthcare provider-supervised weight management

• Medications for weight loss and chronic weight management

• Bariatric surgery

Although we must educate people about these care options, we must also address societal barriers, such as weight bias. This year, the Campaign targets healthcare professionals, encouraging them to use the Campaign’s trusted medical tools and resources available on www.obesitycareweek.org to facilitate more active engagement with patients living with obesity.

In later years, we will extend the Campaign to patient communities and additional stakeholders to spark broader action. Our rallied efforts will officially kick off on November 2nd at Obesity Week, the premier, international conference focused on the science and treatment of obesity.

We need more voices – your voice – to reach our goal of achieving better care. Take the “Treat Obesity Seriously Pledge” or contact info@obesitycareweek.org for more information on how to sign on as a supporter. Mark your calendars, and join us in recognizing National Obesity Care Week, November 1st – November 7th.