The AACE Board of Directors declared obesity a disease state in July 2011, and AACE was the primary sponsor of the resolution adopted by the American Medical Association House of Delegates in June 2013, officially recognizing obesity as a disease. The goal of this consensus conference is to achieve a consensus that will provide the framework for an evidence base for anti-obesity action that will lead to a new medical care model and public health model.
AACE has identified four key “pillars” of support to reach its objective of “creating an evidence base for comprehensive anti-obesity action by all stakeholders.” The pillars of support are Biomedical, Government/Regulatory, Health Industry/Economics, and Society/Education/Research. Pillar participants will address specific questions from their organization's perspective during a panel discussion. The questions are:
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 they can be filled?
At the conclusion of the conference, a consensus statement will be drafted, reviewed, and approved by a committee of obesity experts and presented at a press conference.
Accepted "pillars" to date:
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American College of Sports Medicine
American Psychological Association
American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
American Society of Bariatric Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Physicians
Dr. David Marrero
Dr. Francesco Rubino
National Lipid Association
Dr. Gregory Peterson
NYC Health Dept.
Institute of Medicine
Bank of America
Dr. Bill Herman
Dr. Eric Andrew Finkelstein
Society Education Research:
Dr. Lillian Lien - Medical Director, Duke Inpatient Diabetes Management
Obesity Action Coalition
Stop Obesity Alliance
American Diabetes Association
Association of Program Directors in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
American College of Cardiology
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
The Obesity Society