Letter from the Executive Director: Support National Obesity Care Week and Treat Obesity Seriously

By Francesca Dea posted 07-14-2016 14:16


June 1, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

As part of our planning for ObesityWeek 2016, TOS looking is also looking forward to co-hosting the second annual National Obesity Care Week, Oct. 31 - Nov. 4, 2016, a campaign that seeks to ignite a national movement to ensure anyone affected by obesity receives respectful and comprehensive care. Last year, TOS was pleased to introduce the campaign along with our partners the Obesity Action Coalition, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and we were thrilled to have more than 30 like-minded organizations from across the healthcare industry sign on to the campaign. This year, it is our goal to bring awareness of the campaign to an even broader scale and attain support from additional organizations. We feel confident that this year’s efforts will take us one step closer to reaching our goal of achieving better obesity care. Mark your calendars and join us in recognizing National Obesity Care Week, Oct. 31 - Nov. 4.

In addition to National Obesity Care Week, we continue to encourage the treatment of obesity as a serious disease like heart disease and cancer through our Treat Obesity Seriously campaign. This effort is intended to provide clinicians with tools to prevent, diagnose and treat obesity. TOS has created free materials for clinicians to integrate into their practices, which you can order by filling out the electronic request form on the Treat Obesity Seriously website (scroll to the bottom of the page).

One of the best ways for everyone to support the campaign is by signing the pledge to treat obesity seriously. Each signature supports TOS’s efforts to educate care providers, policymakers and the public on the need to recognize obesity as a serious disease. A signature can also help facilitate the passage of policies at both the state and federal levels that improve coverage of and access to obesity treatments.

I would like to take a moment to offer our gratitude to thousands who have already supported these two important campaigns, and appeal to those of you who have not yet taken action. With your support we are excited to see what our combined efforts this year can accomplish.


Francesca Dea
Executive Director, The Obesity Society