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How to start an effective and empathetic dialogue about obesity

Rethink Obesity is a global platform for healthcare professionals to discover the latest resources on approaching obesity management and creating a person-centered and empathetic dialogue with patients.

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Learn more about a study that aims to improve obesity management and treatment of adolescents living with obesity.

Watch the CVD and Obesity video above to learn more about the complications of obesity

Obesity impacts 813 million adults (aged 20 years and over), a number predicted to rise to 1.5 billion by 2030.1 It has a substantial health impact with 200+ possible complications affecting many organs and systems.2,3 Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in people with obesity.4 There is clear association between BMI, hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart failure. For example, the prevalence of hypertension increases with increasing BMI.

The number of people living with obesity continues to rise, highlighting the need to provide medical professionals with evidence-based tools to tackle the growing global obesity epidemic effectively.

By understanding the scientific principles that underlie the development of obesity and identifying challenges in an evidence-based manner, barriers to effective obesity management can be overcome. Rethink Obesity® aims to provide this science-based information, in an easily accessible manner, to healthcare professionals so they are able to enhance their clinical practice and achieve sustainable results for their patients living with obesity.

Watch the CVD and Obesity video above to learn more about the complications of obesity.

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  1. World Obesity. World Obesity Atlas 2023. Available at: https://www.worldobesity.org/resources/resource-library/world-obesity-atlas-2023. Last accessed: November 2023.
  2. Who.int. 2021. Obesity and overweight. [online] Available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/obesity-and-overweight. Last accessed: July 2022.
  3. Horn, D. B., Almandoz, J. P., & Look, M. What is clinically relevant weight loss for your patients and how can it be achieved? A narrative review. Postgraduate medicine (2022), 134(4), 359–375. https://doi.org/10.1080/00325481.2022.2051366
  4. Collaborators GBDO, Afshin A, Forouzanfar MH, Reitsma MB, Sur P, Estep K, et al. Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 Countries over 25 Years. N Engl J Med. 2017;377(1):13-27.
  5. Gelber RP, Gaziano JM, Manson JE, Buring JE, Sesso HD. A prospective study of body mass index and the risk of developing hypertension in men. Am J Hypertens. 2007;20(4):370-7.

HQ23OB00411, Approval date: November 2023

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