Obesity as a Disease: The Obesity Society 2018 Position Statement

Ania M. Jastreboff, Catherine M. Kotz, Scott Kahan, Aaron S. Kelly, Steven B. Heymsfield

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The emerging obesity epidemic and accompanying health consequences led The Obesity Society (TOS) in 2008 to publish a position paper defining obesity as a disease. Since then, new information has emerged on the underlying mechanisms leading to excess adiposity and the associated structural, cardiometabolic, and functional disturbances. This report presents the updated TOS 2018 position statement on obesity as a noncommunicable chronic disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-9
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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