June 1, 2016
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.
Executive Director, The Obesity Society