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.”

About WGO’s World Digestive Health Day 2021

Resources on Obesity Offered by WGO for WDHD

ACG Resources for Patients

Brochure: Obesity and Your GI Health: Do You Know Your Risks?

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:

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.


Endoscopic Obesity Therapy: Beyond the Balloon ACG 2020 – Richard I. Rothstein, MD, FACG

Pros and Cons of Endoscopic Procedures for Obesity 2018 – Mark D. Topazian, MD, FACG


Podcast: Endoscopic Bariatric Therapy: A Guide to the Intragastric Balloon August 2019 – Barham K. Abu Dayyeh, MD, MPH, FASGE in conversation with Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, Co-Editor-in-Chief, AJG


Obesity Primer for the Practicing Gastroenterologist

Pichamol Jirapinyo, MD, MPH & Christopher C. Thompson, MD, MSc,
May 2021

Endoscopy in the Morbidly Obese: A Case Highlighting Healthcare Inequities

Sean Bhalla, MD; Christopher J. Sonnenday, MD, MHS; Allison R. Schulman, MD, MPH, February 2021

Impact of Obesity on Disease Activity and Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Jain, et al., April 2019

Obesity Is the Most Common Risk Factor for Chronic Liver Disease: Results From a Risk Stratification Pathway Using Transient Elastography

Harris, et al., November 2019

EDITORIAL [Commenting on Harris, et al.] The Impact of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes on Chronic Liver Disease

Zobair Younossi, MD, MPH, FACG & Linda Henry, PhD, November 2019