What is NOCW?

Founded in 2015, NOCW envisions a society that understands, respects and accepts the complexities of obesity and values science and clinically-based care.

National Obesity Care Week (NOCW) aims to change the way we care about obesity by:

  • Providing science and clinically-based education on obesity
  • Advocating for access to affordable and comprehensive care

Our Beliefs

  • Weight bias in healthcare, employment, entertainment and education needs to end.
  • Individuals with obesity need to work with a healthcare provider to manage their obesity long-term.
  • Obesity is a chronic disease that needs access to and coverage of science-based treatment to improve an individual’s weight and health.
  • Healthcare providers need training to provide effective, compassionate, science-based care and use shared decision-making.
  • Providers and policy makers must recognize the need for further investment in the education, prevention and treatment of the disease of obesity.

NOCW2019 by the Numbers


million media impressions


countries had individuals participate in NOCW2019


champion organizations supported NOCW2019


legislative visits during NOCW2019

Why Obesity?

Today, the disease of obesity affects more than 93 million Americans, and more than 33 percent of Americans are affected by excess weight. National Obesity Care Week brings the topic of obesity in the forefront and helps individuals with obesity get access to science and clinically-based treatments.


The percent of annual healthcare costs people with obesity spent treating obesity-related conditions.

$480 Billion

Estimated cost of annual obesity-related healthcare


Number of diseases and disorders linked to obesity.

Nearly 50%

Estimated percentage of older adults affected by obesity in 2030 if no change is made today.

NOCW Champions

Since 2015, organizations have joined together as NOCW Champions to change the way we care about the disease of obesity by creating a society that understands, respects and accepts the complexities of obesity and values science-based care.

NOCW Partners