Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists


Practice Resources

Obesity and Diabetes

Guidance for Diabetes Care and Education Specialists

Obesity and Diabetes

Diabetes care and education specialists have many opportunities to assist people who have diabetes and are overweight or obese, including implementing lifestyle changes and exploring medication options. Below you will find ADCES’ new practice paper on the topic, advocacy efforts by ADCES and our partners, educational courses, journal articles, and tip sheets. 

Addressing Obesity in Diabetes

This practice paper covers treatment options for people who have diabetes and are overweight or obese, including lifestyle and medication options. One item of note is that the authors were trying to make clear that a person doesn’t have to be overweight or obese to have type 2 diabetes.

Readers of this practice paper will: 

  • Understand the classifications for diagnosis of overweight as well as the three classes of obesity based on BMI.  
  • Understand the relationship between hormone balance and its effect on weight.
  • Get familiar with gut microbiome and understand how they can talk with individuals in a way that will resonate with them and help them to understand how certain foods can assist or make weight loss efforts difficult.  
  • Understand the progression of obesity and be able to make recommendations when individuals are in the prevention phase. 
  • Understand how the ADCES7 Self-Care Behaviors™ can be effective in decreasing the progression to overweight and obesity. 
  • Know medication and surgical options.

Is Weight Bias and Weight Stigma a Public Health Problem?

How do our perceptions of weight and weight loss impact how we engage with our clients? Learn more about the affects of stigma and bias and what we can do to better support higher-weight individuals. 

Handouts for People with Diabetes

ADCES has developed a printable resources in English and Spanish for people with diabetes on the top five tips to manage weight loss. 

Latest Obesity Rates

The State of Obesity

In September 2018, the CDC released its obesity prevalence maps for 2017 based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) state- and territory-specific data. Accompanying this data is the release of the 15th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health, along with an accompanying interactive website.

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