Obesity Defined
A life-long, progressive, life threatening, genetically-related, costly, multi-factorial disease of excess fat storage with multiple co-morbidities (obesity related health conditions).

Magnitude of the Problem
  • More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) BMI_Photo.jpgof U.S. adults are obese.
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
  • The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
  • Approximately 17% (or 12.7 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years  are obese.

Morbid Obesity Defined
Clinically severe obesity at which point serious medical conditions occur as a direct result of the obesity (defined as greater than 200% of ideal weight, greater than 100 pounds overweight, or a body mass index greater than or equal to 40).

Obesity Related Co-Morbidities

  • Adult onset type 2 diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiac disease
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Fatty liver
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hernia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Infertility problems
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Premature death
  • Respiratory disease (sleep apnea)
  • Stress incontinence
  • Venous insufficiency
Body Mass Index
Calculated as follows:
(Weight/Height²) x 703 = BMI

To learn more about your BMI, visit http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/index.html


"Adult Obesity Facts." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 Sept. 2015. Web. 01 Mar. 2016.



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