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Talking About Obesity: Trade the Misinformation for Truth


This activity has been developed to help people better understand the truth about obesity and how to get connected to the right people and resources for help in managing weight.

The next several pages include educational content and survey questions, which may be tailored based on your answers and whether you participated in the first part of this activity in January. Use the arrows/buttons at the bottom of the pages to move through the activity.

Questions marked with an asterisk are required.

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Weight is NOT a simple topic, and there’s no easy “one-size-fits-all” approach to managing weight. It’s not simply about “calories in, calories out” or having enough willpower. The truth is that your body’s biology is in charge, and everybody’s biology is different. That means each person has a different journey to gaining weight and, likewise, to losing weight and maintaining health.


Simply defined, obesity is a condition in which excess body fat accumulates and harms the overall health of a person. Unfortunately, myths and untruths about obesity are widely accepted and repeated in our culture. It’s important to break away from old talking points and empower ourselves to lead our healthiest lifestyle and improve overall well-being. To achieve this, it helps to:

  • Understand how the body’s normal biology plays a role in obesity
  • Get connected to appropriate resources, support, and medical care
1. Do you recall participating in a similar survey about obesity earlier this year? *This question is required.
2. Do you think your health is/has been affected by obesity? *This question is required.
2. How long has obesity or excess body weight been a health issue for you? *This question is required.
2. Did the information you read and/or your participation in the survey lead to any of the following actions or changes in your behavior? (Select all that apply.) *This question is required.
2. How did you feel after talking to your healthcare team about approaches for managing your weight? (Select all that apply.) *This question is required.
2. In your opinion, which of the following is the most important underlying reason why some people with obesity have trouble losing weight and keeping it off? *This question is required.
Continue on to learn about how obesity is a chronic condition.