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November 20, 2023

Country’s Leading Obesity Expert Organizations Issue a Statement on the Full Results of the SELECT Study

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Washington, DC - The recent results of the SELECT Study published in the New England Journal of Medicine provide invaluable insights into the complex disease of obesity. The report has prompted several of the country’s leading obesity expert organizations, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), The Obesity Society (TOS), the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and the STOP Obesity Alliance (STOP), to join together in issuing the following statement:

“The findings of this scholarly work underscore the importance of recognizing obesity as a chronic and treatable disease and the effects of Semaglutide (Wegovy) in preventing cardiovascular deaths, strokes, and heart attacks in people with obesity.

The results of the SELECT Study not only emphasize the imperative of adopting a comprehensive and personalized approach to obesity care, but the results additionally highlight the need for healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the broader community to implement evidence-based interventions to address obesity. Working together, we seek to develop better standards for obesity care to positively affect individuals impacted by this chronic and relapsing disease.”


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Obesity Medicine Association

The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) is the largest organization of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care providers working every day to improve the lives of patients affected by obesity. OMA members are clinical experts in obesity medicine. They use a comprehensive, scientific, and individualized approach when treating obesity, which helps patients achieve their health and weight goals. OMA offers resources, education, and community to physicians and other healthcare providers in the field of obesity medicine.

Point of Contact: Teresa Fraker, FACHE, RN, CPHQ,


The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a more than 85,000-member-strong National nonprofit organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by the disease of obesity through education, advocacy and support.

Point of Contact: Kendall Griffey,


The Obesity Society (TOS)

The Obesity Society (TOS) is the leading organization of scientists and health professionals devoted to understanding and reversing the epidemic of obesity and its adverse health, economic, and societal effects. Combining the perspectives of researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and patients, TOS promotes innovative research, education, and evidence-based clinical care to improve the health and well-being of all people with obesity. For more information, visit

Point of Contact: Chanel Carrington,


American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)


STOP Obesity Alliance (STOP)

The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance consists of a diverse group of business, consumer, government, advocacy, and health organizations dedicated to reversing the obesity epidemic in the United States. Drawing on the strengths of the collaborative, STOP conducts research, makes policy recommendations, and develops hands-on tools for providers, advocacy groups, policymakers, and consumers.

Point of Contact: Kelly Whittier, 202-604-9893,