AMWA Initiatives

The American Medical Women’s Association advocates bringing under-addressed issues to the forefront of the national agenda. Join our initiatives now.

Why AMWA Is Working On Obesity

Obesity is a complex disease with serious co-morbidities, including cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. The prevalence of obesity in the United States is  42.5% in adults. AMWA is dedicated to addressing the impact of obesity in women’s health across the lifespan and aims to educate healthcare practitioners and the public about obesity, its co-morbidities, pathophysiology, and management- including lifestyle, pharmacotherapy, and bariatric surgery.

Cardiometabolic Disease and Obesity in Women: A Stakeholder Summit

On February 29, 2024, American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) convened a stakeholder summit, Cardiometabolic Disease and Obesity in Women, bringing together nearly 100 professionals and patient advocates to The National Press Club in Washington, DC, with many more participants joining virtually from across the country.

It was thrilling to have 19 stellar speakers including two congresswomen, directors of federal agencies, leaders representing women’s health organizations and obesity advocacy organizations as well as patients and practitioners. Together, through panel discussions and breakouts, we addressed the gaps in care and opportunities to advance obesity management to meet the evolving landscape in patient care.

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Congressional Resolution

AMWA endorses the Congressional Resolution “Recognizing the need of Congress to prevent, address, and treat obesity as a disease in the United States on this World Obesity Day, March 4, 2024” (H.Res 1047).

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AMWA Partners with the EveryBODY Covered Campaign

AMWA partnered with the EveryBODY covered campaign launched on February 21, 2024 by the Alliance for Women’s Health and Prevention. This campaign aims to galvanize women’s voices as advocates for comprehensive obesity coverage.

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AMWA Endorses Obesity Bill of Rights

AMWA endorsed the Obesity Bill of Rights, created with a focus on the rights for all people to receive person-centered, quality obesity care. This program is spearheaded by the National Consumers League and National Council on Aging.

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Congressional Briefing: The Heart of It All – The Impact of Obesity on Cardiometabolic Health

AMWA hosted a Congressional Briefing to address the need for legislation that would support comprehensive treatment of obesity as a chronic disease.

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Obesity Roundtable Proceedings: Women and the Obesity Epidemic

AMWA convened stakeholder organizations for a roundtable in 2022, including: ACOG ADCES, ABC, HealthyWomen, NPWH, NCOA, NON, NBNA PCNA, and WomenHeart.

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Women and the Obesity Epidemic

Proceedings from AMWA’s stakeholder roundtable to discuss the growing epidemic of obesity and its impact on women.


Education & Resources

Access tools for obesity education for both practitioners and patients that promote understanding and empathy.


Obesity Competencies

AMWA worked with the Obesity Medical Education Collaborative on competencies for medical student and graduate education on obesity.


Advocacy

Join AMWA’s efforts to support legislation and policies that would improve access to obesity treatment. Check out employee health plan coverage. Advocacy Fact sheet.


Partnerships and Alliances

AMWA is a partner of various coalitions, including Obesity Care Week, the Stop Obesity Alliance, and the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA).


Outreach and Publications
AMWA members and allies are active in promoting education, research, publications, and presentations on obesity. Learn more.


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