For the first time in history, individuals affected by obesity will gather to bring national attention to the obesity epidemic in the heart of the United States government in Washington, DC. On June 17, 2008, the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation will host a historic awareness event, the Walk from Obesity Walk on the Capitol, where individuals will walk to raise National awareness of the need for expanded efforts to prevent and treat obesity.


The Walk on the Capitol is intended to send a powerful message to our elected officials regarding the importance of addressing the obesity epidemic. I am especially excited that we will have an opportunity to make a serious impact nationwide by assembling thousands of individuals from a variety of backgrounds, such as patients, family members, health care professionals and many others to walk on the National Mall in DC and let our voices be heard. It is vitally important for society to join together and recognize the seriousness of obesity and its related illnesses, said Joseph Nadglowski, Jr., OAC President and CEO and ASMBS Foundation Executive Director.


The Walk on the Capitol is free and open to the public. Every individual impacted by obesity, along with their family and friends, are encouraged and invited to attend. The Walk on the Capitol will take place at 6:30 PM on the National Mall. For more information on the Walk on the Capitol, please visit


About five years ago, I treated my obesity and my life completely changed through improvements in my quality of life and health. Those changes benefited me, my family and my employer. Being able to lead a healthy and fulfilled quality of life is a persons right. On June 17, we will let everyone across the US know that obesity is a crisis and prevention and treatment are needed, said Jim Fivecoat, OAC Chairman.


Obesity is a serious health epidemic that targets one in three Americans. It is estimated that more than 93 million Americans are obese, with that number predicted to climb to 120 million in the next five years. In order to address this epidemic, the Walk on the Capitol aims to recognize and promote increasing prevention efforts and improving access to safe and effective treatment options.


The Walk on the Capitol is a national awareness event designed to draw attention to the need for expanded efforts in both prevention and treatment. The Walk is hosted by the OAC and ASMBS Foundation and supported by various partnering non-profit organizations. For more information on the hosts and the partnering organizations, please visit