The American Obesity Association: The American Obesity Association is the only obesity organization focused on changing public policy and perceptions about obesity. Founded in 1995, they are a source for policy makers, media, professionals and patients on the obesity epidemic. In this period of time they have established a record of changing federal policy: having the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognize obesity as a disease, providing evidence to the IRS to make the costs of obesity treatment eligible for the medical deduction, and having Medicare change its policy language on obesity as a disease.
The Weight-Control Information Network: The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) is an information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). WIN was established in 1994 to provide the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on obesity, weight control, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies: The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies is a professional organization that is concerned with the application of behavioral and cognitive sciences to understanding human behavior and developing interventions to enhance the human condition. They have an extensive searchable database of behavioral and cognitive therapists across the U.S. and Canada.