Patient Support Groups

Living with a chronic disease can feel overwhelming, but it's important to remember that you're not alone. There are support groups, communities, and organizations dedicated to providing understanding, encouragement, and resources to individuals living with obesity. Connecting with others who share similar experiences can offer a sense of belonging, empathy, and practical guidance. By seeking support and building a network of individuals who understand and support your journey, you can find strength, motivation, and the knowledge that you are not alone in your pursuit of better health and well-being. Below is a list of groups that support patients and information about how they can empower you throughout your journey.

What are some patient support groups I can join?

  • The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on advocating for individuals affected by obesity. OAC aims to raise awareness about obesity, reduce weight bias and discrimination, and provide support and resources for individuals seeking to manage their weight and improve their overall health. Learn more at
  • The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance is made up of a diverse group of business, consumer, government, advocacy, and health organizations dedicated to reversing the obesity epidemic in the United States. Drawing on the strengths of the collaborative, STOP conducts research, makes policy recommendations, and develops hands-on tools for providers, advocacy groups, policymakers, and consumers. Access patient resources at
  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) features patient videos about obesity surgery. Learn more at
  • The Rudd Center aims to address weight bias and discrimination through research, education, and advocacy. Learn more at