There is an epidemic in the world that spans nations, socioeconomic status, age, and ethnicity.


This global problem is obesity, and what is more concerning is that obesity lays the foundation for a wide-array of chronic diseases and disabilities worldwide, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, hypertension, as well as certain types of cancer.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), across the globe, more than 1 billion adults are overweight and at least 300 million of these people suffer from clinical obesity. Further, the WHO reports that the rising consumption of foods with high levels of sugars and saturated fats that are more energy-dense and nutrient-poor, coupled with a reduction in physical activity, have led obesity rates to increase “three-fold or more since 1980” in many parts of the world, including North America.

Percent of Obese (BMI ≥ 30) in U.S. Adults

In the United States, obesity is considered a national health threat as well as a major public health challenge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that from 1985 to 2009, the obesity rates have dramatically increased.

But all is certainly not lost.

People and organizations are working together to solve this global epidemic.

Over the weekend, a large number of these people and organizations, including Pathway, participated in The Obesity Society’s 28th Annual Scientific Meeting.

From educators to researchers, physicians and nutritionists, we had the opportunity to listen to and meet with a wide-array of professionals in the field.

We also had the opportunity to discuss and present how we are joining in the fight against obesity with our newest service, Pathway Fit, a diet, nutrition and exercise personal genetic report.

Simply, it is another weapon in the war against obesity that helps people understand how their genes may influence their response to diet, nutrition and exercise.

More specifically, the report includes detailed information and lifestyle recommendations on:


  • Diet
  • Eating Behaviors
  • Food Reactions
  • Nutritional Needs
  • Exercise
  • Body and Weight
  • Metabolic Health Factors


Analyzing over 100 genetic markers shown to impact metabolism, exercise and energy use within the human body, Pathway Fit is the culminating result of Pathway’s collaboration with world-class scientists, medical professionals, geneticists, as well as nutritional and performance experts.

The Pathway Fit report is available through physician order only. Click here to learn more.

Calculate your body mass index (BMI) with the CDC’s BMI calculator (for adults 20 years and older)

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