American association of clinical endocrinologists' position statement on obesity and obesity medicine

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  • A. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) views obesity as a disease. This position reflects the analysis done by the American Medical Association of the criteria for a disease and the fact that obesity fits these criteria. The criteria are: 1. An impairment of the normal functioning of some aspect of the body; 2. Characteristic signs or symptoms; and 3. Harm or morbidity. The conclusion that obesity is a disease with multiple pathophysiological aspects, including genetic, environmental, physiological, and psychological factors, sets the framework for future efforts from many stakeholders to advance its treatment and prevention. B. AACE plans to establish several strategies to meet a need for additional training for endocrinologists in obesity management; C. AACE plans to develop a certifying procedure for endocrinologists who have successfully completed additional training programs; and D. AACE plans to work with other organizations to develop additional efforts to combat obesity as a Disease. Copyright © 2012 AACE.
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    Author List

  • Mechanick JI; Garber AJ; Handelsman Y; Garvey WT
  • Start Page

  • 642
  • End Page

  • 648
  • Volume

  • 18
  • Issue

  • 5