Obesity is Serious

Obesity is Serious

We all know someone who is impacted by obesity. The disease can lead to a range of chronic health conditions and increases health care costs for us all. To combat the obesity epidemic, we must shift the dialogue from blame to solution, and treat obesity as we do other serious health conditions like heart disease and cancer. Join us in working toward a solution by:

  • Learning about obesity prevention and treatment options
  • Reading stories from patients and health care providers
  • Finding interactive resources
  • Joining the conversation with others who treat obesity seriously
Take the Pledge

Take the Pledge

Sign The Obesity Pledge to demonstrate your commitment to treating obesity seriously, and encourage your friends and colleagues to sign as well. Together, we can make a difference.

 

 

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What Causes Obesity?

  • Clinical Education in Obesity
    Obesity is more than just appearance – it’s about health. Obesity puts individuals at risk for more than 30 other chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Clinical education in obesity treatment and prevention can help you provide the best support for your patients with obesity. Find credible resources to inform your obesity treatment and management strategies offered by The Obesity Society. Learn More

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  • Obesity Remains One of the Biggest Health Threats
    According to the State of Obesity Report released in September 2015, obesity remains one of the biggest threats to the health of our children and our country. Approximately 17% of children and more than 30% of adults in the U.S. have obesity — putting them at increased risk for more than 30 other health conditions. Find out more in this report released by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Learn More

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  • Medical Weight Loss
    Keith has battled obesity since the age of 18. He decided to give the non-surgical route one last try before moving forward with weigh-loss surgery. When his mother told him about a nearby medical weight-loss program, he was enrolled within a couple of weeks. Today, he is 222 pounds down from 360! As a result he has resolved multiple health problems, including high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and pre-diabetes. Learn More

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  • What Causes Obesity?
    Obesity affects a third of adults in the US, and another third are overweight. “Eat less, move more” is sound weight management advice, but there’s more to the equation. Environmental, societal, physiological and psychological factors contribute to weight gain. Obesity is a multi-pronged disease and as such, we need a multi-pronged approach to reverse the epidemic. Learn more about this complex disease and how we can all play a role in halting it. Learn More

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  • Is Weight Something We Inherit?
    Sixty to 70% of the risks associated with obesity may be inherited. But, Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins advises it’s up to patients to determine how they play the hand they are dealt. Watch this bonus footage from HBO’s documentary, Weight of the Nation, to understand how the environment can interact with genes, and how we can sidestep obesity susceptibility. Learn More

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  • Is the Obesity Crisis Hiding a Bigger Problem?
    As a young surgeon, Peter Attia felt contempt for a patient with diabetes. Because of her excess weight he thought she was responsible for the condition that led to a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding of diabetes right? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? Check out his TED Talk where he explores how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war. Learn More

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What Do We Know About Obesity?

What Can We Do?

What Can We Do?

Obesity is a real disease with serious health and societal implications and it’s time we take it seriously.

This means we need to:

  • Acknowledge obesity is a serious medical condition, not a lifestyle choice
  • Address obesity with a range of approaches, starting with diet and exercise and including further treatments as needed
  • Understand the financial and societal impact of obesity
  • Make obesity prevention and treatment  a national priority
  • Make weight, height and BMI measurement standard practice for all health care visits
  • Advance research, innovation and development of obesity treatment and prevention options

Take Action!
Support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
Tell Congress to cover weight management therapies

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Free BMI Tools

Free BMI Tools

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Before we can reach the finish line, we need to find the starting line. For those affected by obesity, the Obesity Action Coalition offers several educational resources that can help you learn about the disease and support you in making an informed decision about how to get treatment.

For health care providers, it is critical to foster a conversation with your patients about their current weight status and realistic goals. That’s why we are offering a free BMI pad, bilingual BMI wheel calculator and BMI poster to all health care providers. The BMI pad is much like a prescription pad; each slip explains what BMI is, how to calculate it, and why it’s important to know. The bilingual BMI wheel calculator quickly determines a patient’s body mass index. The poster is ideal for your office or exam room wall. These materials support conversations with patients about their weight, and if needed, their treatment options, showing them that you treat obesity seriously.

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