|[May 16, 2014]
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Announces an Advanced Framework for a New Medically-Actionable Diagnosis of Obesity
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--
An advanced framework for a new diagnostic approach to obesity was
announced today by the American
Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) at their 23rd Annual
Scientific and Clinical Congress.
An emergent concept from the Consensus
Conference on Obesity, convened by AACE and the American College of
Endocrinology (ACE) in March 2014, was that the current diagnostic
definition of obesity, which relied on an anthropomorphic measure of
body mass index (BMI), needed to be updated. BMI alone does not indicate
how weight gain might be affecting the health of individual patients,
and multiple stakeholders at the Consensus Conference saw this as a
major obstacle to concerted action in combating obesity.
The new obesity definition and diagnostic strategy is actionable,
medically-meaningful and adds value to the health-promoting effects of
"This approach addresses a problem of diagnostic uncertainty and is the
first step in removing the impediment for concerted and comprehensive
action among health care professionals, health care systems, regulators,
payers, and employers," said Dr. W. Timothy Garvey, Chair of the
AACE/ACE Consensus Conference on Obesity and Obesity Scientific
Committee and author of the AACE/ACE Obesity Consensus Statement.
In 2011, AACE/ACE declared obesity as a chronic disease as did the
American Medical Association in June 2013.
The new approach does notsimply depend upon BMI alone, but also the
impact of weight gain on health. A four-step approach is recommended for
all patients: screening using BMI with adjustments for ethnic
differences, clinical evaluation for the presence of obesity-related
complications using a checklist, staging for the severity of
complications using complication-specific criteria, and selection of
prevention and/or intervention strategies targeting specific
complications as guided by the AACE/ACE obesity management algorithm.
"This advanced framework for obesity will serve as a foundation for
major change in the anti-obesity arena," said Dr. Jeffrey I. Mechanick,
F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., F.A.C.N., E.C.N.U., AACE president.
The next steps will be to obtain broad input and recommendations
regarding the framework for the new diagnostic approach from
participants at the Consensus Conference on Obesity. The goal is to
assure broad-based acceptance, translation, and implementation of the
diagnosis that will support concerted action around a rational and
comprehensive plan to prevent and treat obesity.
To read additional press releases about the AACE 23rd
Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress in Las Vegas, please visit media.aace.com
or use the Twitter (News - Alert) hashtag #AACE14.
For a brief bio and photo of Dr. W. Timothy Garvey and Dr. Jeffrey I.
Mechanick, please click here.
About 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 is 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. Visit our site at www.aace.com.
About the American College of Endocrinology
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational 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,
please visit www.aace.com/college.
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