AACE Obesity Scientific Committee Develop Guidelines for Physicians

EMBARGOED UNTIL MAY 25, 2016 AT 12:45 PM, ET

Monday, May 23, 2016 5:06 pm EDT

Dateline:

Orlando, FL
"The new guidelines help physicians and others by eliminating the guesswork as it pertains to obesity management, including dietary, behavioral, psychological and physical considerations to treatment."

Caring for and treating patients diagnosed with obesity cannot be cookie-cutter. On the contrary, caring for obese patients requires a personalized and individualized approach to treatment based on a newly created algorithm designed by members of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) especially for obesity management.  

Recognizing that obesity continues to carry a large burden of morbidity and mortality and contributes to expanding health care costs, the AACE Obesity Scientific Committee was charged with developing evidenced-based guidelines when treating patients with obesity.

“Our rationale for creating these guidelines was the fact that obesity medicine lacks comprehensive and evidenced-based guidelines that are translatable to real-world clinical care of patients with obesity,” said W. Timothy Garvey, MD, FACE, Chair of the AACE Obesity Scientific Committee. “The new guidelines help physicians and others by eliminating the guesswork as it pertains to obesity management, including dietary, behavioral, psychological and physical considerations to treatment.”

Dr. Garvey and other members of the Obesity Scientific Committee will present the new AACE Comprehensive Clinical Practice Guidelines for Medical Care of Patients with Obesity at an in-depth symposium on Friday, May 27, from 9:15 a.m. to noon.

Obesity Scientific Committee member Dr. Jeffrey I. Mechanick, FACN, FACP, FACE, ECNU, will be participating in a press briefing regarding the guidelines on Wednesday, May 25, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando. For more information, contact the AACE Public and Media Relations Department at (904) 353-7878.

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About the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. A majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. Visit our site at  www.aace.com.

About the American College of Endocrinology (ACE)

The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of

Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is the leader in advancing the care and prevention of endocrine and metabolic disorders by: providing professional education and reliable public health information; recognizing excellence in education, research and service; promoting clinical research and defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology. For more information, please visit www.aace.com/college.

Contact:

AACE
Mary Green, 904-353-7878 ext. 163
Asst. Director, Public Relations, Media and Creative
mgreen@aace.com
904-404-4223 (fax)