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, 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.
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. The Society provides clinical education and training to physicians and other health care providers about 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. Individuals may complete a complimentary search for ASBP-member 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. The Society also holds one of the few obesity-focused medical specialty society seats in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates. The Society's presence proved instrumental in the AMA 2013 declaration of obesity as a chronic disease state.