About Diabetes

Help Prevent Diabetes, Treat Obesity

Obesity is linked to up to 53 percent of new cases of diabetes every year. Healthy weight management can help prevent and even reverse diabetes and most importantly leads to better health for those with or at risk for diabetes.

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Treat Obesity Like the Chronic Disease it Is 

Obesity is a common, chronic, and progressive disease with many medical, physical, and psychosocial issues, including a significant increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Over 85 percent of people with type 2 diabetes have overweight or obesity.

Research shows people with type 1 diabetes are also at a growing risk for obesity and related health conditions. Obesity is linked to heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. These are among the leading causes of preventable, premature death. Across the United States, obesity trends are on the rise for children and adults with almost 20 percent of children and adolescents and over 40 percent adults having obesity.

Share Your Story

Have you or a loved one been impacted by obesity? Please help ADA fight for access to obesity treatment by sharing your story. Every person deserves treatment for their chronic disease.

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Obesity in the news.

ADA Chief Science & Medical Officer Urges Treatment for Obesity

"To effectively combat diabetes, policymakers must treat obesity like other diseases."

Thank You to Our Partners

ADA is pleased to be partnering to fight for access to person-centered treatment for the chronic disease of obesity.