About OMA

We are the clinical leaders in obesity medicine who work to advance the prevention, treatment, and reversal of the disease of obesity.

Our Mission

To advance the field of clinical obesity medicine.

Our Name

In 2015, we changed our name from American Society of Bariatric Physicians to Obesity Medicine Association. We chose Obesity Medicine Association to reflect the changing landscape of the health care industry and the global impact of obesity. Our new name aligns us with the widespread recognition of obesity as a disease and removes the misunderstood term “bariatric” from our name, which wrongly suggested our members were bariatric surgeons. It allows us to reach beyond the U.S. to fight obesity on a global scale and continue to lead the growing field of obesity medicine.

We unveiled our new logo and launched our new name on Oct. 2, 2015. Watch our unveiling video to learn more about OMA.

Our Members

We are the largest organization of clinicians working to advance the practice of obesity medicine and the treatment of patients affected by obesity. Our members are physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, allied health care providers, residents, and students dedicated to treating obesity using a comprehensive, scientific, individualized approach that encompasses the four pillars of obesity medicine: nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and medication.

Our Goal

We strive to provide the best resources for our members in order to help them advance the field of obesity medicine, deliver evidence-based treatments, and improve the lives of patients affected by obesity. We offer unique, accredited educational opportunities and promote the sharing of information among our members to enrich the learning experience. We support advocacy efforts through our involvement in the Obesity Care Continuum and the American Medical Association House of Delegates.

Our Education

We host educational events for health care providers with a wide range of expertise, from those just starting out in obesity medicine to those who practice obesity medicine full time. Our education focuses on the comprehensive treatment approach – nutrition, physical activity, behavior, and medication – and providing optimal care for patients affected by obesity. Current educational opportunities include: