Worldwide, obesity kills almost 3 million people each year.2

Obesity is now widely considered a chronic disease.1

Explore this website to further understand the science behind obesity. Then visit your GP to discover science based treatment options.

What you need to know

  • Obesity is now recognized worldwide as a chronic disease with severe health and quality of life consequences.1-3
  • Misinformation and misunderstandings of obesity’s scientific causes and treatments are widespread.3
  • The stigma of obesity means people are wrongly blamed by society for their disease and discriminated against.2,4

Understanding Obesity


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1. Bray G, et al. Obesity: a chronic relapsing progressive disease process. A position statement of the World Obesity Federation, Obesity Rev 2017; 18(7); 715–23.

2. Wolfenden L, et al.  The challenge for global health systems in preventing and managing obesity. Obesity Reviews. 2019;(S2):185–193.

3. Caterson I, et al. Gaps to bridge: Misalignment between perception, reality and actions in obesity, Diabetes Obes Metab 2019; 21(8): 1914–24. 

4. Oldham M, Robinson E. Visual body size norms and the under-detection of overweight and obesity. Obes Sci Pract 2017; 4(1): 29–40.