November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) make up 1.7% of the total U.S. population.
Despite the promise of increasingly effective pharmacotherapy for obesity, the rate of prescriptions for weight-loss medications in the US is surprisingly low. A study of over 2.2 million adults from 2009 to 2015 found that the rates of rates of prescriptions for anti-obesity medications (AOMs) ranged from 0.6% to 2.9% of eligible patients. The study results also demonstrated an uneven distribution of these prescriptions.
This month's newsletter is written by guest author Sydney Pryor. Sydney is currently a second year PhD student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health where she is also a Graduate Fellow for the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness.
As the United States begins to wind down from the worst parts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can begin to take stock of the effects that obesity has had on the outcomes of COVID-19 and the effects of COVID-19 on the prevalence of obesity. In this month’s newsletter, we review what we have learned about both of these impacts.
Effects of Obesity on COVID-19 Outcomes
This month's newsletter is written by guest author Amelia Corl. Amelia recently graduated from The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and is a Research Assistant with the STOP Obesity Alliance. This article was written as a component of the author’s Culminating Experience project titled “A Messaging Framework for Obesity.”
In January we celebrated the 2-year anniversary of the release of the Lancet Commission on Obesity report, entitled “The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change.” The report focuses on the contributions of the food and agriculture, urban design, land use, and transportation systems, and the triple duty solutions to mitigate their contributions to the Global Syndemic. For example, the transportation sector in the U.S.
Recognizing that obesity is a complex, chronic disease affecting more than 2 billion people globally, the STOP Obesity Alliance is a founding partner of the 7th annual Obesity Care Week (OCW), which takes place this year from February 28th – March 6th, 2021.
This month's newsletter is written by guest author Faith Newsome. Faith is currently a first year PhD student at the University of Florida in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics working on various projects related to obesity research.
This month's newsletter is written by guest author Amelia Corl. Amelia is a graduate student at The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and a Research Assistant with the STOP Obesity Alliance. This article was written as a component of the author’s Applied Practice Experience project titled “The Intersection of Cancer Care and Obesity Care.”