The rate of obesity in the United States has risen from 12% in 1991 to 33.9% today. “We know women with obesity have a higher chance of developing serious health conditions and diseases, including being at a higher risk for COVID-19,” explains HealthyWomen CEO Beth Battaglino, RN-C. “We also know there is a high level of shame and stigma associated with people living with obesity.”
“So often, the underlying causes of obesity are not fully examined when it comes to Black women,” states Linda Goler Blount, MPH, president and CEO of Black Women’s Health Imperative. “Our partnership provides both organizations with a platform to engage all women, healthcare providers and policymakers to understand and address the fundamental relationship between socially and racially mediated stress, obesity and disease.”
The multifaceted “Reclaim Your Wellness” campaign raises awareness of obesity as a disease and national health crisis, without stigma, judgment and bias. Both partners provide tailored educational and lifestyle content and resources, along with interactive tools, podcasts and stories from real women on the physical and emotional effects of obesity.
The program is funded by Novo Nordisk.
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Obesity is a disease characterized by having excess fat that causes health risks. Genetic, environmental, and metabolic factors cause obesity, which is a complicated disease and can be difficult to control through nutrition and exercise alone. For more information, be sure to contact your healthcare provider and visit the links provided below.
Obesity Action CoalitionObesity Care Advocacy NetworkThe Obesity SocietyUSDA NutritionCommunity Efforts | Overweight & Obesity | CDCAssessing Your Weight | Healthy Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Activity | CDC