|[March 11, 2014]
Obesity Declared a Disease. So, What Happens Next?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
In 2011, the American
Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Board of Directors declared
obesity a disease state. And in 2013, the American Medical
Association (AMA) agreed, approving an AACE-sponsored resolution on the
floor of its House of Delegates. While many understood this to be a
pivotal moment in the battle to curtail and reduce historic obesity
rates, the question then heard most often was, "What happens next?"
This is what happens next:
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the
American College of Endocrinology (ACE) will convene The
AACE/ACE Consensus Conference on Obesity: Building an Evidence Base for
Comprehensive Action March 23-24, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
This conference is uniquely structured to consider research, information
and opinions from all major stakeholders involved in the obesity arena.
Representatives from the physician community, public health experts,
government policy makers, health care companies, medical research and
educational communities, related medical societies and associations,
pharmaceutical companies and others will address the following five
1) What is obesity?
2) What options are available for obesity management?
3) What is the optimal use of therapeutic modalities?
4) Can the optimal framework be cost effective?
5) What are the knowledge gaps and how can they e filled?
"It's clear that what we've been doing isn't working," states AACE
President Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick, FACN, FACP, FACE, ECNU. "We need to
change the paradigm of current obesity management through cross-platform
interactions and allow real-world idea and solutions to emerge."
ACE President Dr. Daniel Einhorn, FACP, FACE, addressed the importance
of the conference's diversity of participants. "Obesity is a complex
disease, influenced by innumerable factors," he says. "We must create
our evidence base with as much relevant input and diverse data as
possible from the many and varying entities involved in obesity
prevention and treatment."
Keynote addresses by Dr. Patrice Harris, of the American Medical
Association Board of Trustees, Dr. John Foreyt, Director of the
Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, and
Mr. Lawrence Soler, CEO of childhood obesity non-profit A Partnership
for a Healthier America (whose honorary chair is First Lady Michelle
Obama) will open the meeting on Sunday, March 23.
At the conclusion of the conference, a consensus statement will be
drafted, reviewed and approved by the conference writing committee
comprised of obesity experts and presented at a press conference at the
National Press Club at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The
conference proceedings will be published in a supplement to AACE's
peer-reviewed, official journal Endocrine Practice.
Media members may register for the two-day conference, at no cost, by
clicking here: http://aes.aace.com/meetings/37.
The American Association of Clinical
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents
more than 6,500 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE
is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world.
The majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes
and metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with
endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders,
osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders,
hypertension and obesity. For more information, visit the AACE website
become a fan on Facebook (News - Alert) at www.facebook.com/theaace
or follow AACE on Twitter (News - Alert) at @TheAACE.
About the American College of Endocrinology
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational,
charitable and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical
Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is the leader in advancing the care and
prevention of endocrine and metabolic disorders by: providing
professional education and reliable public health information;
recognizing excellence in education, research and service; promoting
clinical research and defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology. For
more information about the College, visit www.aace.com/college.
For more information about the endocrine system, visit the ACE-sponsored
patient education website at www.empoweryourhealth.org
become a fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/empoweryourhealth
or follow AACE on Twitter at @ACE_Empower.
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