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People with obesity are living with a disease—not a choice—and it comes with physical, mental and emotional hurdles. It’s time to address misperceptions, eliminate stigma, and imagine a better future for people around the world navigating this disease.

Living with Obesity: Kristal’s Story

After years of feeling she didn’t deserve better care, Kristal turned shame into advocacy—for herself and others living with obesity.

Understanding the Disease

Learning from the People Who Live It

Navigating Obesity: Liz's Story

Liz’s experience is personal, but it isn’t unique. People living with the disease have many of the same challenges. Now, it’s time to better understand what it’s like.

Advancing Science, Addressing Misperceptions

We can imagine a healthier future for people living with obesity. We’re closer than ever before. ​

As we make strides in this new era of obesity care, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Just like other chronic diseases, the more options available to incorporate into a comprehensive treatment plan, the more potential progress there is for people living with the disease. But those with obesity are also impacted by misperceptions and misinformation that can make care harder to receive. ​

We’ve been focused on investing in research to develop potential new medications. But scientific breakthroughs must come alongside a shift in how health care professionals, policymakers, employers, and society view and understand obesity. ​

In partnership with Cerner Enviza, we’ve been conducting a nationwide study focused on how misconceptions influence obesity treatment and anti-obesity medication use. We also join the obesity advocacy community—including medical, patient and health equity groups—to support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. The act is a step in the right direction to help modernize Medicare Part D to treat obesity as a chronic disease with evidence-based practices.

We’re prepared to do all we can to create a better future. 

The Science Behind the Disease

Scientists have been hard at work for decades trying to find new ways to help supplement lifestyle changes with therapies that could help people living with obesity better achieve their health goals.


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