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Advocating for Inclusive Obesity Care

December 11, 2023    Posted by: Eli Lilly and Company

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Obesity (BMI > 30 kg/m2) is a complex chronic disease that affects people all over the world. Despite obesity being a leading risk factor for many other health conditions, it is often stigmatized. Many people living with obesity may face an increased barrier when it comes to accessing comprehensive obesity care including intensive behavioral therapy, dietician/nutrition services, anti-obesity medications and bariatric surgery.

If you have a family member, friend, colleague or are personally living with obesity there are ways you can take action to ensure there is access to comprehensive obesity care.

Learn about obesity. The more you know about the disease, the better equipped you might be to advocate for people living with the disease.

Talk to your elected officials. Let them know that personally, you support policies that promote access to obesity prevention and treatment.

Support, volunteer and engage organizations that are advocating for obesity care. There are many patient and health care organizations that are working to improve the lives of those living with obesity.

Share your own story. If you live with obesity, share your story with others. This can help raise awareness of obesity and may help reduce the stigma.

There are also many resources available where you can learn more:

Obesity Action Coalition Action Center: A comprehensive resource center with tools and guidance for advocacy.

American Diabetes Association Obesity Advocacy: Provides information and opportunities for obesity advocacy.

STOP Obesity Alliance: Features research, resources and insights from experts in obesity prevention and treatment.

World Obesity Day: Provides tips and assets to participate in World Obesity Day (March 4).

EveryBODY Covered: A women’s-led effort focused on dispelling myths, empowering women and taking action.