Basic information about the science of obesity and current strategies to address it
Obesity is associated with significantly increased risk of more than 20 chronic diseases and health conditions that cause devastating consequences and increased mortality. Beyond the significant personal toll of obesity, related health complications are driving up health care costs and threatening employers' bottom lines.
Obesity is a complex chronic disease in which abnormal or excessive accumulation of body fat impairs health. Adult and adolescent obesity rates have more than doubled since the 1980s — in the U.S. today, obesity affects over 42% of adults and 20% of 12-19 year olds. Obesity and its related complications are major drivers of rising healthcare costs, diminished health-related quality of life, and the recent decline in U.S. life expectancy.
These downloadable STOP Fast Fact sheets are designed to provide basic information about the science of obesity and current strategies to address it.
Treating obesity involves collaboration, shared decision-making, and communication between providers and patients. Many physicians are unaware of the current guidelines regarding obesity counseling and pharmacological treatment. STOP created the Why Weight? tool, a guide for health care professionals to initiate effective conversations about weight and health with their patients.
Pediatric obesity, including severe pediatric obesity, has risen over the past few decades, putting children at risk of serious complications. STOP created the Weigh In guide to support parents and caregivers in holding conversations about weight and health with children between the ages of 7-11.