Cardiometabolic Health and Obesity in Women:
A Stakeholder Summit

Obesity is a common, complex, and costly disease. It’s been named a global epidemic by the World Health Organization. Obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer are among the leading causes of preventable, premature death.

AMWA convened this Summit to better understand the impact of obesity on cardiometabolic health in women at critical life stages. View the session recording to see what we can do together to advocate for more targeted management of obesity to improve women’s health.


There was clear consensus that one action step we can all take is to support passage of the Treat & Reduce Obesity Act.  With one click, you can urge your congressional representatives to pass this critial legislation to assure obesity treatments and behavioral interventions are affordable and accessible to all.


About the Summit

The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children and 41.9% of adults have obesity. The rates are even higher in certain segments of the population with more women than men experiencing severe obesity and non-Hispanic Black women facing the highest rate of obesity.


Summit Gallery


Steering Committee

  • Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford
    AMWA Obesity Advocacy Lead, and The Obesity Society
  • Dr. Connie Newman
    AMWA Obesity Lead and Past President
  • Dr. Bisi Alli
    AMWA Board member and Liaison to American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Dr. Beth Frates
    American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Catherine Ferguson
    American Diabetes Association
  • Jeanne Blankenship, 
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dr. Millicent Gorham
    Alliance for Women’s Health and Prevention
  • Diane Enos 
    American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Rob Goldsmith
    Endocrine Society
  • Tracy Zvenyach
    Obesity Action Coalition
  • Dr. Bharti (Abby) Abichandani Shetye
    Obesity Medicine Association
  • Christine Gallagher
    STOP Obesity Alliance, Milken Institute, George Washington Univ.
  • Dr. Rachel Pojedni
    Health & Human Performance/Norwich University, and Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard SOM.



Novo Nordisk


Eli Lilly & Company





Sponsoring Organizations

  • Alliance for Women’s Health and Prevention
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Black Women’s Health Imperative
  • HealthyWomen
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
  • National Consumers League
  • Obesity Care Advocacy Network6
  • Obesity Medical Association
  • Society for Women’s Health Research
  • The Obesity Society