First-Ever Obesity Care Competencies Offer Health Professionals Standardized Education to Help Patients
More than 20 leading health organizations are releasing the first-ever set of interdisciplinary educational competencies for the prevention and treatment of obesity.
Few health professionals and trainees receive training in the prevention and management of obesity. The Provider Competencies for the Prevention and Management of Obesity were designed by more than 20 leading health organizations representing a dozen health professions. They are aimed at many types of health professionals engaged in obesity prevention and management.
The goal is to have implemented physical literacy principles into the programs of all organizations that touch the lives of children in the United States by 2020.
Although two in three Americans are overweight or obese, only one in eight patients visiting doctors receives counseling on the benefits of a healthy diet.
Later this year, regulations from the FDA will go into effect requiring chain restaurants and other establishments to clearly display calorie information beside all food items.
Current training for medical professionals in nutrition and exercise is inadequate to cope with the nation’s obesity epidemic.