Global Focus on the Gut Microbiome for WGO’s World Digestive Health Day
The American College of Gastroenterology is honored to join the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) in observing World Digestive Health Day on Saturday, May 29, 2021. On World Digestive Health Day, ACG supports WGO in its objective to raise global awareness of the ongoing pandemic of obesity.
According to WGO, “obesity impacts the world’s population with equally devastating but clearly not as dramatic effects as COVID. The impact of obesity on the development of comorbidities and subsequently the effect on life expectancy is as devastating as any infectious pandemic.”
ACG Resources for Patients
Do you know the gastrointestinal diseases that are associated with obesity? You won’t be surprised to know that many of the common gastrointestinal diseases that are seen in individuals with a normal BMI are seen up to 2-3 times more commonly in individuals who are obese. Many of these gastrointestinal diseases like GERD, liver disease, and cancer significantly
reduce the quality and longevity of your life. LEARN MORE.
Resources: Tips & Tools for a Healthier You
Developed by gastroenterologist Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, the College is pleased to share Tools and Tips for consumers interested in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Dr. Ganjhu’s materials are used with her permission.
These materials include:
- Food Diary
- Exercise Goals & Resistance Training
- Calories per Hour Expended in Common Physical Activities
- Meal Hints for a Healthier You
- Physical Activity Goals
- Estimated Calorie Requirements
- About Metabolic Syndrome
- Healthy Grocery Shopping
Podcast: ACG Ask and Expert: Obesity and GI Conditions
The ACG Patient Care Committee and GastroGirl™ are pleased share a podcast with Dr. Pichamol Jirapinyo, a leading endoscopist and obesity expert and Jacqueline Gaulin of GastroGirl™.
In the conversation, Dr. Jirapinyo shares her expertise and discusses the options available for obesity management, as well as why a multidisciplinary approach may be helpful for patients and providers. Together they delve into Dr. Jirapinyo’s recent publication with Dr. Christopher Thompson in May 2021 issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology, “Obesity Primer for the Practicing Gastroenterologist.” [See below for a link for open access to the article.]
We hope you enjoy this session that serves as a preview for a webinar planned for June 2021 in partnership with ACG and GastroGirl™ on healthy weight, obesity and implications for GI health.
ACG Resources for Physicians on Obesity: Watch. Listen. Read.
With the spotlight on the obesity pandemic for World Digestive Health Day, ACG has identified a number of articles, podcasts, and video presentations that dovetail with WGO’s theme for 2021. The College is providing open access to recent AJG articles reflecting the growing understanding of obesity in GI and liver disease.
Watch recent presentations from the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting as “ACG Videos of the Week.” Listen to an engaging podcast discussion on endoscopic bariatric therapy. Read articles from The American Journal of Gastroenterology. ACG hopes you enjoy exploring these materials featured in honor of World Digestive Health Day.