The Twelve Pillars® Model of Obesity

Currently, our scientific community, healthcare delivery infrastructure, public and elected officials, media, and society as a whole lack consensus about the true nature of obesity.  This environment, composed of key stakeholders who lack a clear definition of the problem, has dramatically slowed collective efforts to find solutions.  Questions abound:

Unfortunately, our only authentic point of consensus is that obesity is a legitimate public health and economic crisis in the United States and the majority of the world's developed economies. 

The Twelve Pillars® model is an etiological framework for obesity that defines and describes the complex interchange of shifting factors impacting individuals and populations. Our services and public outreach campaigns seek to clearly define the obesity problem space according to the Twelve Pillars®. Obesity PPM will make the underlying Twelve Pillars® obesity research tool, assessment instrument, and data model commercially available in the third quarter of 2013.

Every person suffering from obesity is, to varying degrees, impacted by each of the six individual pillars, and must successfully address each of them to maximize his or her likelihood of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. They must also successfully navigate their environment, as defined by the six population pillars. Reversing the obesity epidemic requires careful balancing of education, personal accountability and motivation with highly-individualized and multidisciplinary clinical medicine, all in an environmental context that supports, rather than burdens, the obese. 


Twelve_Pillars_Model_for_ObesitySix Pillars: Individual

Six Pillars: Population

Cross-Sectional Factors


Obesity PPM is actively seeking collaborators in clinical, scientific, and policy contexts. To request additional information about the Twelve Pillars® instrument in advance of public release, or to propose a vehicle for collaboration, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 877-334-7970.