America Speaks and the Survey Says... Obesity Viewed as Big a Health Threat as Cancer,
But Many Have Misperceptions About Treatment
The risks of obesity appear to be better understood than ever, but Americans are seemingly at a loss when it comes to treating the disease that they consider as big a health threat as cancer and even bigger than heart disease, the nation’s leading cause of death, according and to a new national survey from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and NORC at the University of Chicago. The survey of 1,509 adults is representative of the U.S. population and was released during ObesityWeek. ASMBS Survey Makes Headlines Across America
On the first day of ObesityWeek 2016, The New York Times featured a major story on obesity with the headline, “Americans Blame Obesity on Willpower, Despite Evidence It’s Genetic.” This was no coincidence. The story was timed to the release of a national consumer survey conducted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) on perceptions Americans have about obesity and its treatment. Major national news outlets including People magazine, Medscape, Yahoo News, CNBC, MedPage Today and even Cosmopolitan covered the ASMBS/NORC Obesity Poll. ObesityWeek 2016 in Pictures
More than 5,000 attended ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans! Here’s a look at this year’s conference in pictures.