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Recognize Obesity as a Serious and Complex Disease

Obesity is a complex, chronic disease affecting more than 2 billion people globally. Despite extensive research and studies, stigma and misperceptions continue to shape the way people with obesity are treated medically and generally in society.

Combat Weight Bias and Stigma

Individuals with obesity face weight bias in all areas of life including school, healthcare practices, the workplace, and even among family and friends. Bias has a greater impact on people of color and people with intellectual disabilities.

Expand Access to Care

Obesity is a life-long disease that requires life-long healthcare options at all stages of a person’s journey to health. While there are evidence-based treatments for people with obesity that improve health outcomes, obesity care coverage remains piecemeal and has many hurdles for patients to receive necessary care.

Treat Obesity with Science-Based Treatments

Obesity management is about health, not the number on the scale; it should be science-based, realistic, and provide results. The treatment of obesity is not as simple as “eat less and move more” but rather requires a combination of science-based treatment options based on the individual.

Increase Prevention Education and Programs

Prevention requires seeking, testing, and implementing strategies that will have a measurable impact on the rising prevalence of obesity. Obesity prevention programs must have the same scientific rigor applied to any other disease prevention program resulting in a positive effect on the health of the population.