Posts Tagged ‘advocacy’

Momentum! TROA Passed in House Ways and Means

June 28, 2024 — With a bipartisan a vote of 36-4 yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee passed an amended version of TROA – the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. Honestly, after a decade of toiling away to educate legislators about the need for this, we need a pinch to assure ourselves it’s real. This is great  news […]

Getting Serious About Obesity Care in Medicare

June 27, 2024 — Today for the first time ever, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee will be marking up the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act on Capitol Hill. This is a big deal simply because it means that finally, after a decade of advocacy efforts, Congress is getting serious about obesity care in Medicare. Technically, what the […]

American Heart: Zap the Gap Between Obesity Science and Care

May 21, 2024 — We are witnessing a conversion experience. With the publication of a new policy statement yesterday, the American Heart Association jumped in with both feet to call for closing the gap between obesity science and the typical care that people with obesity receive. Their statement says: “Experts have learned a great deal about the causes of […]

Disrupting the Obesity Status Quo Is Exquisitely Uncomfortable

May 5, 2024 — “Drug compounding with semaglutide and tirzepatide is a public health emergency,” said a respected obesity medicine physician to us this week. They were right. Most of the compounded drugs people encounter when they are desperate to obtain these life-changing medicines are sketchy at best. This week, FDA announced the arrest of a TikToker for selling […]

More Calls for People with Obesity in Drug Trials and Labels

January 26, 2024 — The calls are growing louder and more frequent to include people living with obesity in clinical trials and drug labels. Of course trials and labels for drugs that treat obesity include these patients. But the huge problem is that for everything else, more often than not, drug studies and labels exclude them. Now, the American […]

Giving Voice to People with Obesity

September 22, 2023 — We are at the very beginning of a revolution in obesity treatment. A new perspective article in Nature Medicine points to this and notes that with the great power of new obesity medicines comes great responsibility to fully understand how to best utilize them. All very true. But more to the point, the greatest responsibility […]

Nutrition 2023: Taking Food Is Medicine Seriously, Not Literally

July 24, 2023 — Sloganeering inevitably plays a role in advocating for policy changes. But it can be a very blunt tool. Food Is Medicine is one of these blunt tools, currently popular with some nutrition policy advocates and it got a good hearing at Nutrition 2023 in Boston yesterday. Underneath the problematic umbrella of this slogan, enthusiastic advocates are […]

Disordered Physiology and Disordered Eating

June 23, 2023 — Since January, when the American Academy of Pediatrics released a guideline for treating the disordered physiology of children and youth with obesity, we’ve been inundated with popular psychology influencers concerned about the impact on young persons with disordered eating. Their arguments are quite passionate. “Obesity guidelines for kids terrify me,” says one person with a […]

Persistent Pursuit of Access to Obesity Care

June 22, 2023 — It can be tedious. But the truth is that persistent pursuit of access to obesity care does indeed bring incremental progress. The latest case study came this week in Connecticut, with Governor Ned Lamont signing a bill into law to provide better access to obesity care under the state’s Medicaid program. Years of Effort This […]

Obesity Future in the Eyes of Lived Experience

June 4, 2023 — The future of obesity will look nothing like its past. In fact, right now the contours of this problem are nothing like they were just a few years ago. We are in the midst of great changes, with more to come. So it’s quite a privilege to spend three days peering into the future of […]