The 2019 campaign will focus exclusively on educating the public about access to care for people with obesity, as well as improving it. The OAC strongly supports this important awareness week and we encourage all our members and followers to join us in Taking Action!
About National Obesity Care Week (NOCW)
NOCW is an awareness campaign that aims to change the way we, as a society, care about the disease of obesity. It will do this by:
- Providing science and clinically-based education on obesity
- Advocating for access to affordable, respectful and comprehensive care
Through the campaigns efforts and support from the public, the NOCW vision is to build a society that understands, respects and accepts the complexities of obesity and values science and clinically-based care.
Why Access to Care?
NOCW 2019 will focus on access to care for a very good reason. Today, more than 93 million adult Americans are living with obesity. Many do not know that obesity is a disease or that their healthcare provider (HCP) can help them with weight management. Others do not have insurance coverage to help them pay for these valuable and often life-changing healthcare options.
Everyone should have access to healthcare. No one should be limited by their size, weight or economic status. Access to care isn’t complicated and can mean different things for different people. In the end, it’s all about people getting the help they need to effectively treat their obesity.
Access to care begins with seeing obesity as a chronic disease diagnosed by a HCP. Obesity is not someone’s fault or their job to manage alone. With the right care, a patient can more successfully manage their weight. LEARN MORE about common access to care barriers that NOCW aims to change.