Great news – the future of obesity care continues to look brighter! In early May, the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) announced that more than 770 physicians passed its board certification test administered in February 2020 and became ABOM diplomats.
A total number of 776 physicians are now newly-certified in obesity medicine, representing a 23 percent increase in ABOM diplomats since last year.
The OAC would like to congratulate the new ABOM diplomats and thank them for their dedication! The 776 physicians who passed the ABOM exam include:
- Internists (306)
- Family physicians (231)
- Surgeons (47)
- Endocrinologists (38)
- Pediatricians (37)
- Gastroenterologists (24)
- Obstetricians/Gynecologists (19)
- Numerous other specialists
About the Test
The ABOM certification exam is given once per year to physicians who want to practice obesity medicine or devote a portion of their practice to obesity care. It is offered alongside CME (continual medical education) credits to equip and train providers on caring for patients with the complex disease of obesity.
A certification process for obesity medicine/care is especially important because obesity counseling rates remain low among healthcare professionals. This may be due to a lack of time, lack of effective treatment options and tools, or little training in how to help patients manage their weight. Since weight is a highly stigmatized topic, many healthcare professionals are unsure of how to talk about weight with patients.
A Brighter Future
This new wave of ABOM diplomats means there are now more than 4,100 physicians in the United States and Canada who are board-certified in obesity care. This is exciting news that shows promise for a brighter future in healthcare for obesity.
- Obesity is being recognized more often as a disease
- Weight stigma in healthcare providers is decreasing
- More tools and treatment options are on the horizon
Looking to find a healthcare provider close to you who is certified in obesity care? Visit the OAC’s Provider Locator at ObesityCareProviders.com.
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