July OCC Advocacy News

July 2018 Newsletter of the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator AMA Adopts Policy to Break Down Barriers to Obesity Care On June 12, 2018, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) approved … Continue reading

Obesity and Genetics: Nature and Nurture

Defining Obesity’s Interplay among Environment, Behavior, and Genetics Obesity is a disease that occurs when a person’s body accumulates and stores excessive amounts of body fat. The modernization of our society has contributed to higher rates of obesity through an … Continue reading

Obesity and Cancer

One of the most troubling consequences of obesity is its link with an increased risk of cancer. Recent studies have shown an association between obesity and cancer, specifically these 13 types of cancer: Breast (post-menopausal women) Colon and rectum Esophageal … Continue reading

June OCC Advocacy News

June 2018 Newsletter of the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator OMA Urges AMA to Adopt Policy to Break Down Barriers to Obesity Care At the time of this report, the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) … Continue reading

May OCC Advocacy News

May 2018 Newsletter of the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator OCAN Submits Comments on Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Plans On April 23, the Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) submitted comments in response to the February … Continue reading

The Vegan Diet

The vegan diet has been gaining popularity in recent years. According to recent polls, approximately 1.5-2% of the adult U.S. population report following a vegan diet (1,2). The vegan diet is a type of vegetarian diet, but in addition to meats and fish, … Continue reading

April OCC Advocacy News

April 2018 Newsletter of the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator OCAN Member Groups Comment regarding USPSTF Draft Recommendations on Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions On March 19, 2018, 15 members groups of the Obesity Care … Continue reading

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a term used to describe dietary approaches that focus on cycling between prolonged periods of fasting and eating during defined periods of time. The periods of fasting involve intentionally fasting for longer than the traditional 8-12 hours of … Continue reading