Rates of obesity continue to increase in every country worldwide, and over 40% of adults and 19% of children in the U.S. now have obesity. Obesity is a serious, global health concern because it increases the risk of premature death and serious health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke, and has also been linked to harmful discrimination, stigmatization, and bullying. While obesity for the individual results from positive energy balance, the drivers of obesity operate at multiple interacting levels, and include genetics, the family environment, community, and society.
TIGOR places utmost importance on diversity and inclusion. TIGOR promotes avoidance of weight bias and stigmatization, including through use of appropriate, sensitive, and respectful language and images.