What is Obesity?

Take steps now to learn ‘what is obesity?’ As you begin your weight loss journey, we want to help you understand the complexity that surrounds this misunderstood medical condition.

  • Obesity is a complex, chronic, metabolic disease, which can be caused by many different factors, including nutrition, activity, genetics, sleep, stress, medications, and many other factors.
  • Acquiring obesity is not a personal choice, but rather it is a serious medical condition that should be treated with the same scientific rigor and compassion with which other chronic medical conditions are treated.
  • Many individuals who struggle with obesity have difficulty losing weight on their own and keeping the weight off. The reason for this is very complex and includes biological changes that occur in the body when we lose weight, which favor weight re-gain.
  • You are not alone, and you are not expected to fight this disease on your own. You would not be expected to treat other medical conditions on your own, and obesity is no different. We are here to guide you to a healthier weight and a healthier you.
  • Currently, approximately 39.8% of the US adult population, or about 93.3 million of US adults, are affected by the disease of obesity. [Read CDC National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data briefCdc-pdf PDF-603KB]
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death. [Read guidelinesExternal]
  • The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. [Read paperExternal]

Click on the map below to download a PDF file depicting the increasing prevalence of obesity by state in the United States (1985-2009).

To begin your weight loss journey, click here to learn about calculating your BMI (body mass index).

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