Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 21, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963855 | Print ISBN: 9781412941860 | Online ISBN: 9781412963855| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO)
Elizabeth R. Purdy
Since 1982, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) has been pursuing the study of obesity, which is defined as being overweight to the point that health is impaired. Weight-related conditions include diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, some cancers, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and gallbladder disease. Studies suggest that roughly a third of the population is obese, and 64 percent of Americans are overweight. Those numbers are increasing in response to unhealthy diets and less active lifestyles. NAASO battles obesity through research into causes and treatments and by communicating with healthcare professionals and the public about the results of that research. In order to pursue its vision of preventing and treating obesity and improving the quality of life among the obese population, NAASO is also involved in educating ...