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CON-RCO Partners with American Board of Obesity Medicine

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) has welcomed the Canadian Obesity Network – Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO) as its newest partnering organization.

ABOM aims to unify the field of obesity medicine under one certification process and to attract the support of as many meaningful partnering organizations as possible.“The ABOM is pleased to receive the support of the CON-RCO as a partnering organization. CON-RCO has been influential in improving the care of overweight and obese patients throughout Canada. By offering ABOM certification, we are raising the competency standards of physicians who wish to become distinguished in the field of obesity medicine,” said Dr. Robert Kushner, Chair of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and Professor of Medicine at  Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

ABOM has seen a 33% increase in the number of Canadian physician candidates from 2012 to 2013. Over one in four Canadian adults are obese, according to measured height and weight data from 2007-2009. Between 1981 and 2007-2009, measured obesity roughly doubled among both males and females in most age groups in the Canadian adult and youth categories.

“The Canadian Obesity Network is particularly excited about this partnership with the American Board of Obesity Medicine, which offers US and Canadian physicians a certification that ensures a level of expertise in the management of this complex and multifactorial disease,” said Dr. Arya M. Sharma, CON-RCO scientific director, professor of medicine and chair for obesity research and management at the University of Alberta.

About the American Board of Obesity Medicine

The American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) serves the public and the field of obesity medicine through the establishment and maintenance of criteria and procedures for examination and certification of candidate physicians who seek recognition of their accomplishments in obesity medicine. Physicians who complete the ABOM certification process in obesity medicine are designated Diplomates of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.