Academy Highlights the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act during National Obesity Care Week

October 31, 2017

CHICAGO – During the third annual National Obesity Care Week, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, a critical step in addressing the obesity epidemic.

The rate of obesity in the U.S. has doubled during the past 20 years, with more than 78.6 million American adults suffering from the disease today.

"The Academy supports National Obesity Care Week because there are still barriers to cost-effective and clinically effective solutions to treating obesity," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Donna Martin. "The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act would allow a variety of qualified practitioners, including registered dietitian nutritionists, to more effectively treat this disease, which impacts more than one-third of our nation."

As part of the Obesity Action Coalition, which is one of the founders of National Obesity Care Week, the Academy collaborated with partner organizations to help develop this important bill. Intervention and counseling from registered dietitian nutritionists is a safe, innovative and effective solution for obesity management and reduction.

National Obesity Care Week takes place Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 and seeks to ensure that anyone affected by obesity receives respectful and comprehensive care. The Academy is proud to join the campaign, which 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.

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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 eatright.org.