Updated guidelines strive for obesity to be treated as a chronic condition
The obesity epidemic shows no signs of slowing, with an estimated 640 million people worldwide now considered obese. According to the CDC, every 2 of 3 adults are overweight or obese. Recently, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), who declared obesity a disease in 2012, released evidence-based management guidelines that recommend obesity be approached as a chronic medical condition. Their rationale for the update? “Obesity medicine lacks comprehensive and evidence-based guidelines that are translatable to real-world clinical care of patients with obesity,” said AACE Obesity Scientific Committee Chair W. Timothy Garvey, MD.