Thursday, November 21, 2013
Last month, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians released its latest Obesity Algorithm, a rather comprehensive compilation of recommended approaches to the assessment, diagnosis and management of obesity in clinical practice.
Regular readers will appreciate my delight to see that two concepts, that both found their first mention and initial conceptualization on these very pages, have now found their way into these recommendations.
The first is the Edmonton Obesity Staging System (EOSS), which rates the severity of obesity based on the presence of medical, mental and functional problems related to excess weight rather than simply numbers on the scale. It is now well established that EOSS is a far better predictor of obesity related mortality risk than BMI, waist circumference (WC) or “metabolic syndrome”.
The new ASPB alogrithm now recommends that EOSS assessment (along with BMI, WC and % body fat) be included in the initial assessment of all patients presenting with excess weight.
The second concept adopted by ASBP is the 5As of Obesity Management (Ask, Assess, Advise, Agree, Assist) developed by a national panel of Canadian obesity experts and primary care providers with substantial input from patients, recently launched by the Canadian Obesity Network and now shown to facilitate provider-patient discussions and treatment of obesity.
Both concepts are “made in Canada” and I am certainly proud to have been part of developing both of these approaches to obesity assessment and management, which I see as major advances in “taking obesity seriously”.
It is my sincere hope that with the incorporation of both EOSS and the 5As of Obesity Management into the ASBP guidelines, that these concepts will find global acceptance and make their way into recommendations and guidelines of other organisations around the world.
In the meantime, we and others will continue our work on further validating these concepts and demonstrating their utility in clinical practice.
If you have already incorporated EOSS and the 5As in your practice, I’d certainly like to hear about it.
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