What is the American Society of Bariatric Physicians®?
The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP®) is the leading association for clinical physicians and other providers dedicated to the comprehensive medical treatment of patients affected by obesity and associated conditions. Many ASBP-member physicians also hold certification from the American Board of Obesity Medicine.
Focusing on Clinical Obesity Medicine
With 200 million U.S. adults affected by obesity and overweight, the need for obesity medicine clinicians is evident. Despite obesity being a chronic disease state, there are currently only about 2,000 providers specializing in the treatment of obesity—more than 1,700 of whom are members of the Society. In 2013, the Society released the first-ever comprehensive algorithm, which navigates the physician’s role in medically treating and caring for patients affected by obesity. The Obesity Algorithm® charts, presented by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, provide an overview of principles that are necessary to consider when evaluating and implementing treatment plans for patients affected by obesity. A free copy of the Algorithm and complementary resources are available for download at www.ObesityAlgorithm.org.
Supporting the Physician’s Role
Individuals affected by obesity often seek advice from their health care providers about how to effectively lose weight. Also, for many patients, physician supervision is essential in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of weight-related medical conditions. As the leading association for clinical physicians and other providers dedicated to the comprehensive medical treatment of patients affected by obesity and associated conditions, the Society provides clinical education and training for the medical management of obesity. This education includes multidisciplinary techniques and a continuum of care—ranging from dietary changes to physical activity to behavior modification to weight-loss medications—to assist the physician in treating patients affected by obesity and associated conditions. Individuals may complete a complimentary search for ASBP-member obesity medicine clinicians in their own areas at www.FindObesityTreatment.org.
Advancing the Physician’s Role
The Society supports advocacy efforts for the recognition of obesity as a disease by the medical community and governmental decision makers. To that end, the Society is a member of the Obesity Care Continuum, which is comprised of leading obesity organizations working together and representing patients, registered dietitians, scientists, clinicians and surgeons to elevate the recognition of both the prevention and treatment of obesity. Also, since 2001, the Society holds one of the few obesity-focused medical specialty society seats in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates. This ASBP representation proved instrumental in the AMA 2013 declaration of obesity as a chronic disease state.
Other Helpful Links
ASBP Online Store
ASBP Position Statements
Benefits of Membership
Find an Obesity Medicine Clinician
Frequently Asked Questions about Obesity
History of ASBP
Upcoming CME Conferences
Upcoming CME Workshops