Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Co-hosts Legislative Briefing: "Economics of Obesity: Implications for Productivity and Competitiveness"

February 23, 2017

CHICAGO – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will co-host a briefing for members of Congress and their staffs February 27 in Washington, D.C., on "The Economics of Obesity: Implications for Productivity and Competitiveness."

The Academy is a member of the Obesity Care Advocacy Network, which will host the briefing from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern Time in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Meeting Room South.

Speakers will address obesity's impact on the U.S. economy and the need for access to obesity management services.

One of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' highest legislative priorities is passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. This bipartisan bill would give the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the authority to allow health care providers such as registered dietitian nutritionists to offer intensive behavioral therapy – or IBT – services. Research shows that allowing RDNs to treat obesity is not only clinically effective but also cost-effective.

News media representatives are invited to attend the briefing. Please email to RSVP.

Attending the briefing will be a number of Academy members, all registered dietitian nutritionists with an expertise in obesity and legislation and policy issues. Academy Spokesperson Nancy Z. Farrell, past chair of the Academy's Political Action Committee, will be at the briefing and is available for media interviews.

To arrange interviews, please email


All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy's Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use "registered dietitian nutritionist" (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at