Letters from the Director Archive

January 2023 Letter from the Director

American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Practice Guidelines

On January 9th, the American Academy of Pediatrics published new clinical practice guidelines for evaluating and treating obesity in children and adolescents.

December 2022 Letter from the Director

"The Whale" and Obesity Representation in Media

The recently premiered film "The Whale," starring Brendan Fraser and directed by Darren Aronofsky, is an exemplary representation of obesity in media.

November 2022 Letter from the Director

New Guidelines for Bariatric Surgery

Learn about the updated guidelines for metabolic and bariatric surgery developed by ASMBS and IFSO.

October 2022 - Letter from the Director

The Cost of Body Dissatisfaction and Appearance-Based Discrimination

A new report released by The Dove Self-Esteem Project is the first of its kind to investigate the impacts and costs of harmful beauty ideals.

September 2022  - Letter from the Director

Hypothalamic Obesity

The hypothalamus is a structure housed deep within the brain that regulates appetite. Injury to the hypothalamus can result in obesity.

August 2022 Letter from the Director

Physical Activity and Inactivity

In this newsletter, we examine the current body of literature on the connections between physical activity and obesity.

July 2022 - Letter from the Director

Our Updated Review of State Employee Health Plan Obesity Coverage

Although obesity imposes an enormous burden on our health care system and the economy, the present landscape of coverage for obesity care is piecemeal.

June 2022 Letter from the Director

How Universities Can Strategically Support Student Weight Loss

This month's newsletter is written by guest authors Ms. Caitlin P. Bailey and Dr. Melissa A. Napolitano.

May 2022 - Letter from the Director

Origins and Activities of the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The Roundtable on Obesity Solutions followed 8 years of the IOM’s engagement with obesity.

April 2022 - Letter from the Director

Federal Health Plans Step Up Coverage of Obesity Treatment

Updated guidance was recently sent to health insurance carriers that administer the Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB).