Announcements from the AMA and the AAP, plus innovative drug launches, are some of the major developments in Obesity Medicine.

The year has opened with many important new milestones in obesity medicine. Healthcare professionals have
long understood that obesity is not a character flaw or a choice. Instead, it is a chronic, complex, relapsing disease caused by genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors. We now have an arsenal of newly developed treatments and a greater availability of accurate information. This enables us to provide better care to communities affected
by obesity.

The AMA Takes a Stand

The AMA Board of Trustees is taking bold steps this year with its newly passed policy initiative, “Addressing Obesity.” With this measure, the AMA commits to taking a leadership role in promoting treatment and access to care for obesity on parity with other chronic diseases. This will be the most impactful initiative taken by the AMA since the Society declared obesity a disease in 2013. With the new initiative, the AMA will be at the forefront of efforts to overcome stigma around obesity, advocate for aggressive intervention, and promote accessible, effective treatment

New Obesity Drug Treatments

As of this year, we will see the arrival of the next generation of obesity drug treatments, including semaglutide and the expected approval of tirzepatide. Semaglutide is a weekly injection that is self-administered with a pre-filled pen. It is prescribed for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight with at least one weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure, T2D, or high cholesterol. Late in 2022, tirzepatide was put on the fast track for development and is now expected to be released this spring. The medication has been shown to help adults with diabetes lose weight, although broader uses are to be expected.

Obesity Medicine 2023 Conference

The Obesity Medicine 2023 Conference is April 19-23 in New York. As always, it will be an exciting opportunity to learn from the best in obesity treatment and discover innovative approaches for our practices. The spring conference will offer a review course for the ABOM exam, along with a conference about the Fundamentals of Obesity treatment. The Obesity Medicine 2023 Conference is the event for healthcare professionals looking to hone their skills and connect with professionals treating patients with obesity today. For more information and to register for the con-
ference, visit