Clinical Practice: It’s National Obesity Care Week: Let’s Pledge to Change the Way We Care

Today, more than 90 million American adults are obese. In the last 20 years alone, obesity rates among adults have doubled. ACOG is committed to changing the way that we care about obesity—and has joined other organizations as a champion of the 3rd Annual National Obesity Care Week (NOCW), October 29 through November 4. 

NOCW was founded by the Obesity Society, the Obesity Action Coalition, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The goal of this week is to promote the vision of creating a society that understands, respects and accepts the complexities of obesity and the value of science-based care. As a champion, we recognize the 5 Reasons to Care:

  • Obesity is a serious disease
  • Weight bias is faced by many
  • Health care providers need to have positive, helpful conversations about weight with their patients
  • Science-based weight management options are available for treatment
  • We need your help passing the 2017 Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA)

Although we must educate people about these five reasons to care, we must also address barriers to care, such as weight bias in both society and among the medical community. As members, you have access to trusted guidance designed to better treat patients with obesity. We encourage you to review the following resources and take action.

Clinical Guidance and Resources for You:

For Pregnant Patients:

We need more voices—your voice—to reach our goal of achieving better care. Join us and change the way that you care about obesity by taking the Take 5 Pledge. Learn more about National Obesity Care Week and access information and resources at

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188
Mailing Address: PO Box 96920, Washington, DC 20024-9998