In order to achieve equity with regards to consideration for obesity as a chronic disease and associated coverage of treatment, advocacy is crucial. Concerted advocacy efforts at the national, state, and local levels will help persons who struggle with obesity achieve the coverage they need. In addition to efforts that are being made on behalf of patients with obesity, patients with obesity or a history of obesity are critical elements to capture the voice of the daily struggles they face with regards to treatment and weight bias and stigma.


8:00am Welcome
John D Scott, MD
8:02am What advocacy efforts are taking place at the national level for obesity?
Theodore Kyle, RPh MBA
8:30am What advocacy efforts are taking place at the state level for obesity?
Michael V Seger, MD
9:00am What advocacy efforts are taking place at the patient level for obesity
Patricia Nece, JD
9:30am Closing Question & Answer
9:45am Adjourn