Consumer FAQ

Consumer FAQ

There is information I am looking for that is not on this website; can you help me?

We have tried to present as much information as possible in this site. However, we recognize that many questions are still left unanswered. We have found that that NIH and CDC both provide excellent resources for obesity statistics. You can find links to these websites in our Links Library.

I need treatment for overweight or obesity; can you give me a medical referral?

The Obesity Society does not provide medical referrals. However, the following options are available for seeking treatment:  You may contact your local medical school and inquire about obesity treatment centers in your area. You may also check the Links Library section of our website for information on clinical research trials.

I am looking for statistics on obesity; where do I find them?

For your convenience we have developed a statistics section of our website. If the statistics you are searching for are not there, you may find what you are looking for on the NIH and CDC websites.

I am researching a special topic on obesity for academic reasons. Where do I find information?

We recommend that you take advantage of our scientific journal, Obesity, the leading peer-reviewed journal on the subject of obesity and the second-leading peer-reviewed journal in nutrition and dietetics. The journal periodically addresses special topics in supplements as well.

Is there a link between obesity and cancer?

Yes, some cancers are more common for overweight individuals. Please click here to link to the fact sheet. We will be adding and updating our fact sheets in the "Resource" section of our website.

Is it true that there is a link between diabetes and overweight?

Yes, find out more by clicking to the fact sheet in the "Resource" section of our website

How Common is Childhood Obesity in the US?

Childhood obesity is a significant problem today. Childhood obesity has tripled since 1980 and more than 16% of children ages 6-12 are obese. We have found that the CDC and The Health and Human Services provide wonderful resources for childhood obesity. You can find links to these websites on our Links Library.

What are the long term effects of childhood obesity?

There are many medical and psychological effects childhood obesity that can affect them once they become adults. A few potential negative outcomes are depressive symptoms, poor body image, low self-esteem, and risk for eating disorders. Health issues that might be a concern are diabetes, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol.  You can find out more information by utilizing our Links Library.