Tampa, Fla. – June 19, 2013 – Statement from Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) President and CEO Joe Nadglowski:

“The OAC is pleased with the AMA’s recent decision to classify obesity as a disease. It is our hope that the recognition of the complexity of obesity will reduce the significant and often far-reaching bias and discrimination associated with it and also encourage increased availability and access to the treatments of obesity for those who desire them.

Since its inception in 2005, the OAC has believed that obesity is a serious disease. Today, more than 93 million Americans are impacted by the disease of obesity. Now, more than ever, we need to begin taking proactive measures to ensure these individuals are provided safe and effective treatment options.
The OAC proudly supports the efforts of all our partners in the obesity community (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, The Obesity Society, American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) in working with the AMA to reach this decision. Moving forward, it will be essential for all groups to continue working together and to raise awareness of obesity as a disease.”

About the OAC
The OAC is the ONLY nonprofit organization whose sole focus is representing individuals affected by obesity. Founded in 2005, the OAC remains at the forefront of the fight against obesity. From advocating on Capitol Hill for access to obesity treatments to publishing hundreds of educational resources for individuals affected, the OAC truly represents the voice of all those affected by obesity. For more information on the OAC, please visit www.obesityaction.org.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact James Zervios, OAC Director of Communications, at (800) 717-3117 or jzervios@obesityaction.org.