Despite what seems to be widely believed, obesity is not an intractable problem. Yes, it is complex and quite challenging. But our job is to keep working to identify and remove barriers – both systemic and cultural – to the prevention and treatment of this widespread, common disease.
As part of this work, the STOP Obesity Alliance is a Founding Champion of National Obesity Care Week—an annual campaign to advance evidence-based understanding of obesity and widespread access to respectful, comprehensive, and appropriate care. Now in its third year, National Obesity Care Week (Oct. 29 – Nov. 4) provides an important opportunity for you to help our nation “change the way we care” about obesity.
Throughout the years, STOP has conducted research and partnered with organizations to illuminate barriers that prevent patients with obesity from receiving the comprehensive treatment they need to achieve optimal health. We’ve made great strides in identifying issues such as a lack of productive dialogue between providers and patients and limited reimbursement for evidence-based treatments, but more is needed to cultivate an environment where the disease of obesity is given the attention it deserves. STOP members recognize this challenge and the important role we can play in overcoming it.
In support of National Obesity Care Week 2017, we encourage you to review 5 Reasons to Care (below) and complete the Take 5 Pledge. By taking the pledge, you voice your commitment to improving obesity care and can discover additional ways to make a difference for people affected by obesity.
Whether you’re a health professional, a policy maker, or someone affected by obesity, we hope you will join us in supporting National Obesity Care Week. Obesity remains a challenging public health issue, but together we can change the way we care.