Time for a Treat Obesity Caucus

November 6, 2012 — In October, The Obesity Society began laying the groundwork for a caucus focused on obesity by reaching out to every senate office. Caucuses are groups of congressional members who band together to advocate or vote for shared policy interests. Caucuses have been established for a wide range of health issues including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and mental illness.

Even esoteric issues including shellfish, cement and algae have caucuses. We have a lot of work to do. Despite the fact that obesity affects at least one in three Americans, the response to date has been muted and we are still seeking a sponsor. Establishing the Treat Obesity Caucus is an ongoing priority for TOS, with plans to involve other members of the Obesity Care Continuum, which includes the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Obesity Action Coalition, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.