Iredell Health System physician earns certification in obesity medicine

Posted at 4:19 PM on Jul 24, 2019


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MOORESVILLE – Iredell Primary Care for Women physician Dr. Eva Imperial has been certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) as an ABOM diplomate. ABOM diplomates undergo rigorous training in obesity medicine and an extensive examination process to achieve this designation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults cope with obesity, which is associated with a higher risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke and other musculoskeletal and vascular problems. Obesity has been officially recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association since 2013.

Physicians often have little or no training in weight management and nutrition and are unfamiliar with appropriate management and treatment guidelines.

“In addition to being a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, I obtained my Obesity Board Certification to be up to date on the latest obesity research and treatments,” Imperial said. “Obesity is linked to several chronic illnesses, including arthritis, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. My goal is always to help my patient live her healthiest life, whether it’s obesity prevention and management or another area of her health.”

The American Board of Obesity Medicine serves the public and the field of obesity medicine by maintaining standards for assessment and credentialing physicians. Certification as an ABOM diplomate signifies specialized knowledge in the practice of obesity medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in obesity care. ABOM collaborates with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to administer the annual credentialing exam.

Currently, there are more than 3,375 ABOM diplomates throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“The growth of obesity medicine board certification mirrors the rise in interest among physicians seeking a more evidence-based approach to treating patients coping with obesity,” said Dana Brittan, ABOM executive director.

“The certification process provides physicians with tools, resources and knowledge to enhance their skills and help their community address the obesity epidemic, one patient at a time,” added Dr. Rekha Kumar, medical director for ABOM.

Iredell Primary Care for Women is part of the Iredell Physician Network. The office is located at 114 Gateway Blvd., Suite B in Mooresville. For more information about the practice, visit

About Iredell Health System

Iredell Health System includes Iredell Memorial Hospital, Iredell Home Health, Iredell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center, Community and Corporate Wellness, Occupational Medicine, and the Iredell Physician Network. Iredell Memorial Hospital is the largest and only non-profit hospital in Iredell County. The comprehensive healthcare facility has 247-beds, more than 1,600 employees, and has 260 physicians representing various specialties. Centers of excellence include Women’s and Children’s, Cardiovascular, Cancer, Surgical Services and Wellness & Prevention. Iredell Memorial has also been named as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Hips and Knees, as well as Maternity Care, by Blue Cross Blue Shield. The mission of Iredell Health System is to inspire wellbeing. For a comprehensive list of services and programs, visit

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