Published: 23 January 2021
Author(s): Assim A. Alfadda, Ian D. Caterson, Walmir Coutinho, Ada Cuevas, Dror Dicker, Jason C.G. Halford, Carly A. Hughes, Masato Iwabu, Jae-Heon Kang, Rita Nawar, Ricardo Reynoso, Nicolai Rhee, Georgia Rigas, Javier Salvador, Verónica Vázquez-Velázquez, Paolo Sbraccia

Obesity is a chronic disease associated with multiple health complications [1]. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has made evident the impact obesity can have on health outcomes, whereby people with obesity (PwO) are more likely to require hospitalisation, require mechanical ventilation and suffer serious complications from the infection than those without obesity [2-6]. As a multifactorial disease, successful weight management requires multidisciplinary care [7-9]. In practice, the care received by PwO is frequently suboptimal, owing to differing perceptions about obesity of healthcare professionals (HCPs) and patients, and clinical barriers such as unavailability or cost of certain treatments and services, and time pressures faced by HCPs [10, 11].


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