Bariatric Times

NOV 2017

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal that promotes clinical development and metabolic insights in total bariatric patient care for the healthcare professional

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Editorial Message 4 Bariatric Times • November 2017 A Message from Dr. Christopher Still continued... p ercent of people with obesity have never had a conversation about t heir weight with a healthcare professional (HCP), and nearly as m any say their HCP has never offered them weight loss or m anagement counseling (Source: Obesity Action Coalition). It is statistics such as these that demonstrate why we healthcare professionals need to change the way we care! October 29 to November 4, 2017, will mark the third annual National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), held in conjunction with the ASMBS ObesityWeek. NOCW is a weeklong national campaign hosted by NOCW Founding Champions The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), The Obesity Society (TOS), and the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent ( STOP) Obesity Alliance. In addition, there are more than 36 o rganizations also supporting NOCW 2017 as champions of the c ampaign. NOCW aims to change the way we care about obesity by creating a society that understands, respects, and accepts the complexities of obesity, as well as values science-based care, by doing the following: • Elevating societal awareness of the disease of obesity, those affected by it, its science-based treatment, and weight bias • Building a fact-based understanding of obesity among individuals impacted by the disease, healthcare professionals, medical societies, policy makers, payers, and other stakeholders • Facilitating a shift to science-based treatments for those living with obesity. As HCPs, it is vitally important that we recognize the vast majority of issues still facing individuals affected by obesity, such as weight bias (especially in healthcare), access to safe and effective science-based treatment options, and ecognition of obesity as a serious disease by all HCPs. A s a Founding National Board Member of the OAC, I ask you to p lease engage with NOCW during ObesityWeek. We need more v oices—your voice—to reach our goal of achieving better outcomes f or our patients. You can join us and take action to change the way that you care about obesity by completing the Take 5 Pledge. The Take 5 Pledge is intended to inspire action by addressing the five reasons to care and encouraging us to change the way we care about obesity. To complete the Take 5 Pledge today and learn more about NOCW, visit or stop by the OAC booth (#511) in the ObesityWeek Expo Hall. Obesity is a societal issue that will impact all of us for many generations to come. Today, the disease of obesity has many s cience-based treatments available to help patients; however, the c onversation of weight between patient and provider is often a voided. On top of that, people with obesity have been conditioned to internalize the stigma and bias they experience daily, which only further exacerbates the disease on many levels. The time to change the way we care is now. Join us and be a part of the 2017 National Obesity Care Week. Thanks! I hope you enjoy ObesityWeek 2017! Sincerely, Christopher Still, DO, FACN, FACP REFERENCES 1. About NOCW. National Obesity Care Week. Accessed October 10, 2017 Letter to the Editor Submissions Bariatric Times welcomes letters for possible publication. Letters should be no more than 500 words and five references. Letters that comment on a Bariatric Times article will be considered if they are received within two months of the time the article was published. All letters are reviewed by the editors and are selected based upon interest, timeliness, and pertinence, as determined by the editors. Send letters to: Angela Saba at Include the following statement with the letter: "The undersigned author transfers all copyright ownership of the enclosed/attached letter to Matrix Medical Communications in the event the work is published. The undersigned author warrants that the letter is original, is not under consideration by another journal, and has not been previously published. I sign for and accept responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors."

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