Obesity is an epidemic, but it doesn’t have to be. Despite being a preventable and treatable disease, nearly 1 in 3 Americans live with obesity — affecting Black and Latino adults at a higher rate. As more contagious COVID variants emerge, obesity is one of the most dire health equity issues facing our nation.

Outdated Medicare laws put comprehensive care out of reach for people living with obesity, by excluding FDA-approved anti-obesity medications from Medicare Part D coverage. Yet, this has life or death consequences. The evidence is clear: obesity is a chronic disease that requires medical treatment. It's time we act that way.

The Obesity Care Now campaign is leading the fight to modernize Medicare policies and allow it to provide obesity care now.

Take Action

Grassroots momentum is growing to provide Obesity Care Now but we need your help to turn this energy into action. Join us by calling on Congress to address health inequity and increase access to comprehensive obesity care.

  • Over 42 percent of Americans are living with obesity.
  • Nearly 50% of Black and Latinx Americans are living with obesity. As a result, they are also nearly three times as likely to be hospitalized for severe cases of COVID-19 than white people.
  • 34.2% of rural Americans live with obesity compared to 28.7% of those who live in metropolitan cities.
  • 78% of people who were hospitalized, placed on a ventilator or died from COVID-19 were overweight or live with obesity.
  • Reducing the U.S. obesity rate by 25% would have resulted in 120,000 fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations, 45,000 fewer ICU admissions, and 65,000 deaths.
  • Obesity is associated with over $170 billion in excess medical costs per year, with the highest costs occurring for adults 60-70.

Despite this devastating crisis, people hold an outdated — and dangerous — view of obesity, assuming it is simply an issue of individual behaviors rather than a disease.

Take Action to Support Obesity Care Now!
The Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) needs your help to ensure those living with obesity have access to the life-saving care they need. Tell Congress to follow the science for obesity care and provide access to treatment.
Email Your Legislator
Demand Congress modernize Medicare by extending access to obesity care
Congress must take action to address a significant health equity issue: obesity. Outdated and discriminatory Medicare rules stigmatize obesity as a choice, not a complex chronic disease, preventing millions of people from accessing obesity care.
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