Why Become Certified?


Obesity in the US

The crisis of obesity in the US has risen sharply since 1980s. The statistics are alarming. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website reports the most current statistics concerning obesity in America:

  • National Obesity Trends show that about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese.
  • Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents ages 2-19 years are obese.
  • During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the US and rates remain high. In 2010, no state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Thirty-six states had a prevalence of 25% or more; 12 of those states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia) had a prevalence of 30% or more.

Obesity (or “Globesity”) has become the critical health issue around the world. The United States has the highest percentage of obese citizens of any country. Who are thetrained specialists that will combat obesity in America in the 21st century?


Emerging Bariatric Science fostered the development
of the American Association of Bariatric Counselors

Evidence-based research and interventions for the full spectrum of obesities and metabolic disorders have emerged into bariatric science. The increased prevalence of obesity in the U.S. fostered a need for bariatric science trained health and education professionals and led to the development of the American Association of Bariatric Counselors and its Bariatric Certification Program.

Who are the Trained Specialists that will combat
obesity in America in the 21st century?

While many American professionals have been faced with declining opportunities, reduced incomes and unemployment, there are increased opportunities for dietitian jobs, social worker jobs, nursing jobs and other health-related and education professional jobs with a specialty in bariatric science. For example, dietitian jobs such as Bariatric Dietitian are in high demand in hospitals and clinics.


Why Become a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor
or Board Certified Bariatric Educator?

Becoming a CBC or CBE:

  • is a secure investment in your career, livelihood and future
  • allows for public recognition of competence, stature and knowledge
  • identifies you as a specialist in the emerging discipline of Bariatric Science
  • safeguards the public from unscrupulous practices by providing evidence-based and research-tested best practices
  • the M.D., R.N., Ph.D., R.D., MSW, M.A. or other professional credentials that follow your name identifies your profession, the CBC (Board Certified Bariatric Counselor) or CBE (Board Certified Bariatric Educator) credential identifies your specialty.