Obesity Action Alert – November 2017

The 3rd Annual National Obesity Care Week (NOCW) kicks off with a Vision to Change the Way WE CARE about the Disease of Obesity!

October 29th marked the beginning of National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), a national campaign aimed to change the way we care about obesity by creating a society that understands, respects and accepts the complexities of obesity and values science-based care. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is proud to undertake this important national campaign along with the other Founding Champions: The Obesity Society (TOS), the STOP Obesity Alliance and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Today, more than 90 million adult Americans are affected by the disease of obesity. For too long, people with obesity have been stigmatized, preventing the effective treatment of the disease. Half of people with obesity report they have never had a conversation about their weight with a healthcare professional (HCP), and only 4 in 10 patients say they have been counseled about their weight by a HCP.

In its third year, NOCW seeks to leverage its Take 5 Pledge to engage the public, healthcare providers and policy makers to discover the five reasons why they should care about obesity and why it is important to change the way we care.

“While obesity impacts a majority of Americans, we still face many barriers in accessing care. The reality is that science-based treatment for weight management exists; however, many individuals do not have insurance coverage for these treatments. NOCW supports valuable legislation, such as the 2017 Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, which will help millions of Americans access care. We simply cannot afford to ignore this national health epidemic,” said Joe Nadglowski, Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) President and CEO.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of all our Partners and Champions. It will take a nationwide effort to effectively address the disease of obesity. Without our supporters, NOCW would not be possible,” said Nadglowski.

If you are interested in learning more about NOCW or want to complete the Take 5 Pledge, please click here and help change the way we care today!

International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Survey

Are you among the 26 million Americans who have diabetes and may also be at risk for cardiovascular disease? If so, we want to hear from you! The IDF recently launched a global patient survey to gather responses among those at risk of cardiovascular disease and also afflicted by Type 2 Diabetes (T2D).

The goal of this survey is to uncover data that will help the International Diabetes Federation organizing information, advocacy and patient support strategies that will drive a positive change in the fight against cardiovascular disease, which is not only a major cause of death in general, but in specifically among people with T2D.

The is an important health initiative that we would like you to be a part of, and if you would like to take the survey, please click here.

An Excellent Resource for Weight and Health: Claim Your FREE Copy of the Your Weight Matters Health and Wellness Guide! 

Your-Weight-Matters-Health-and-Wellness-GuideThe Your Weight Matters Health and Wellness Guide (pictured right) is a long-term resource that aims to help individuals along the weight-loss journey by offering valuable tools and information for laying a healthy foundation.

This free, 48-page comprehensive guide provides helpful knowledge about nutrition, changing your behaviors to manage weight, setting realistic goals, building healthy habits, finding success long-term and more. Additionally, the Your Weight Matters Health and Wellness Guide includes important weight management tools such as a food journal, activity tracker, Body Mass Index (BMI) chart and space for notes on health, lab results, medications, thoughts, emotions, goals and other important information.

Are you ready to get more involved with your health? We invite you to order your free copy of the Your Weight Matters Health and Wellness Guide by clicking here!

Obesity Uncovered: How Well Do North Americans Understand Their Health Insurance? Survey finds Americans, Canadians confused about what’s available and Covered

For a long time now, Canadians have taken pride in their system of universal healthcare. In the U.S., more people than ever before now have health insurance, but a new study presented today at ObesityWeek 2017 shows that one thing hasn’t improved in either country. Access to medical care that will actually help a person living with obesity remains poor in both countries.

The study surveyed 9,517 adults in both the U.S. and Canada about their health plan coverage for medical services. In both countries, most people said they have coverage for doctor visits, hospitalizations and blood pressure medications. However, for obesity care, the results in both were exactly the opposite. Most people said their health plan would not cover medical weight management, a registered dietitian, obesity medications, or bariatric surgery.

“These results are deeply disturbing. The first line of defense for many chronic diseases is weight management. Science-based obesity care can prevent diabetes, and help control blood pressure. It can even reduce the risk of obesity-related cancers. For health plans to exclude obesity care, while paying dearly to manage chronic diseases, is utterly foolish,” said lead author Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, OAC National Board Member.

Obesity Action Coalition CEO Joe Nadglowski said this study underscores the need for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). “Right now, the only widely available option for people in Medicare is bariatric surgery. TROA would open up other effective options for people who might not yet need or want surgery to get their obesity under control. FDA-approved medicines can make a big difference for the health of a person living with obesity. Likewise, expert help from a registered dietitian can be critical for overcoming obesity. When a health plan like Medicare excludes these science-based options, it puts them out of reach for many people.”

If you would like to learn more about this important study, please click here.

Support the Cause of Obesity Awareness – Join the OAC Today!

Are you a member of the OAC? The Obesity Action Alert is provided as a free benefit to all of our OAC members and supporters. If you’re looking to support our work and stay tuned to all that the OAC is doing, the best way is to become a member! OAC members receive many benefits – including the members-only e-newsletter, OAC Members Make a Difference, alerts about our weight bias and advocacy activities, a printed yearly subscription to Your Weight Matters Magazine and so much more!

The OAC is the voice for 93 million Americans affected by obesity, and only with the strong support of our membership are we able to make an impact. There is strength in numbers, and by adding your voice to the OAC, you are making a difference to advance the cause of obesity!

To join or renew your membership today, please click here.

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