Obesity is a global health problem that increases risk for many related serious illnesses.1 These obesity-related conditions include Type 2 diabetes, heart and respiratory disease, as well as kidney and liver disease.2 Approximately one billion people worldwide are affected by obesity and obesity-related illness.3,4,5 These numbers could rise into the billions in coming decades.6

A complex and heterogenous disease, obesity affects different people in different ways. Effective strategies to treat obesity will likely require a variety of approaches. Addressing the needs of people living with obesity is a challenge that we take seriously and view as critical for public health.

Our obesity initiatives include potential therapeutics that are in varying stages of research and development. These treatment approaches are diverse and tailored to meet the dynamic needs of people living with obesity, underscoring our commitment to innovation and patient care.

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Obesity-Related Publications


  1. Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity in 195 Countries over 25 Years. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2017;377(1):13-27. doi:10.1056/nejmoa1614362
  2. Health Risks of Overweight & Obesity. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/adult-overweight-obesity/health-risks. Published October 30, 2023. 
  3. NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Worldwide trends in underweight and obesity from 1990 to 2022: a pooled analysis of 3663 population-representative studies with 222 million children, adolescents, and adults. Lancet. 2024 Mar 16;403(10431):1027-1050. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(23)02750-2. Epub 2024 Feb 29. PMID: 38432237; PMCID: PMC7615769.
  4. World Health Organization: WHO. Obesity and overweight. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/obesity-and-overweight. Published March 1, 2024.
  5. Guh DP, Zhang W, Bansback N, Amarsi Z, Birmingham CL, Anis AH. The incidence of co-morbidities related to obesity and overweight: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Public Health. 2009 Mar 25;9:88. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-9-88. PMID: 19320986; PMCID: PMC2667420.
  6. Boutari C, Mantzoros CS. A 2022 update on the epidemiology of obesity and a call to action: as its twin COVID-19 pandemic appears to be receding, the obesity and dysmetabolism pandemic continues to rage on. Metabolism. 2022;133:155217.