The “Los Angeles Walk from Obesity,” an event designed to raise funds for obesity research and to spread awareness of the consequences of obesity, will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.
The event will be presented by L.A. Bariatrics at Marina Del Rey Hospital and its medical director and bariatric surgeon Dr. Jeremy Korman.
The walk’s nonprofit organizers say obesity affects 93 million Americans.
“The team at L.A. Bariatrics is thrilled to be the sponsor of the Los Angeles Walk from Obesity,” Korman said. “We appreciate the chance to support the local community, to meet with our former patients and to raise awareness of weight loss surgery as a safe and effective solution to morbid obesity.”
The Walk from Obesity was established by the charitable wing of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the ASMBS Foundation, along with the Obesity Action Coalition. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $4 million and has grown into one of the largest gatherings of people affected by obesity in the United States, according to an event spokesman.
“Today, more than 30 percent of California residents are classified as obese and are medically qualified for bariatric surgery,” Korman added. “Events like the Walk from Obesity are needed to help keep the negative effects of obesity — and its possible solutions — in the public dialogue.”
On-site registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 per person, with children under 12 years old able to participate for free. Each participant will receive an event T-shirt.
Online registration will be open prior to the event for $25 per person.
The Marina del Rey Walk from Obesity is one of many that will take place in September.