ACTION Study:

The first US nationwide study to investigate barriers to obesity management

Despite more recognition of obesity as a disease, many challenges still remain to be addressed to ensure that people with obesity have access to medical care and support to effectively manage obesity.

The “Awareness, Care and Treatment In Obesity MaNagement” (ACTION) study is the first US nationwide study to investigate barriers to obesity management from the perspective of people with obesity, health care professionals, and employers.

ACTION Study:

The first US nationwide study to investigate barriers to obesity management

Despite more recognition of obesity as a disease, many challenges still remain to be addressed to ensure that people with obesity have access to medical care and support to effectively manage obesity.

The “Awareness, Care and Treatment In Obesity MaNagement” (ACTION) study is the first US nationwide study to investigate barriers to obesity management from the perspective of people with obesity, health care professionals, and employers.
 

ACTION Study Objectives


1. Understand barriers to obesity care
2. Generate insights to improve obesity care
3. Create opportunities for enhanced communication around obesity care
 

ACTION Study Objectives

1. Understand barriers to obesity care
2. Generate insights to improve obesity care
3. Create opportunities for enhanced communication around obesity care
 

Preliminary findings indicate divergent views about obesity, weight loss, and weight management among participating groups:

The year that obesity was classified as a disease by the American Medical Association2

of People With Obesity
consider obesity to be
primarily a lifestyle issue1

of Health Care Professionals
consider obesity a disease1

The year that obesity was classified as a disease by the American Medical Association2

The challenges standing in the way of obesity care require a multifaceted approach by those impacted by the disease, including:

Final results of the ACTION study will be available on this website when published. Stay tuned!

Final results of the ACTION study will be available on this website when published. Stay tuned!

  1. Kaplan L, Golden A, O’Neil P, et al. Divergence of patient and clinician perceptions of obesity and weight management. Poster presented at: ObesityWeek 2015; November 2-6, 2015; Los Angeles, CA.
  2. American Medical Association House of Delegates. Recognition of obesity as a disease. Resolution 420 (A-13). http://www.npr.org/documents/2013/jun/ama-resolution-obesity.pdf. Received May 15, 2013. Accessed October 17, 2016.