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What is Obesity?

What is Obesity?

Obesity refers to being more than 20% over your desirable weight. Unfortunately, it is all too common in the ...more »

  • Obesity: An increase in the body weight greater than that required for normal function that is characterised by the accumulation of excessive fat.
  • Obesity: Is a Body Mass Index (BMI of 30 or above). BMI describes body weight relative to height and is strongly correlated to total body fat content in adults. The rIsk of death increases as the BMI reaches and surpasses 30. (CDC98)
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Obesity: more than average fatness.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Obesity: Introduction

Types of Obesity:

Broader types of Obesity:

How many people get Obesity?

Prevalance of Obesity: 39.8 million American adults; more than 57% of American adults are overweight (CDC)
Prevalance Rate of Obesity: approx 1 in 6 or 14.63% or 39.8 million people in USA [about data]
Worldwide prevalence: over 300 million adults worldwide (WHO World Health Report, 2003)
Prevalance of Obesity: More than 60 percent of Americans aged 20 years and older are overweight. One-quarter of American adults are also obese (Source: excerpt from Understanding Adult Obesity: NIDDK)

Who gets Obesity?

Racial Information for Obesity: African American women between the ages of 25 and 74 are more overweight compared to white women of the same age group. Obesity and diabetes are highly correlated especially among women. This correlation has been reported by many researchers. (Source: excerpt from DIABETES AND AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN: NWHIC)

How serious is Obesity?

Complications of Obesity: see complications of Obesity
Deaths for Obesity: 300,000 premature deaths associated with obesity annually (CDC)

What causes Obesity?

Causes of Obesity: see causes of Obesity
Cause of Obesity: Although some obesity is caused by underlying disorders, the main cause is probably lifestyle. The problem has two basic issues: too much food, too little activity. High calorie diets from processed foods and fats make it easy to add weight. Sedentary lifestyles without adequate exercise make it hard to take weight off.
Causes of Obesity: Evidence suggests that obesity has more than one cause: genetic, environmental, psychological and other factors may all play a part. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)
Risk factors for Obesity: see risk factors for Obesity

What are the symptoms of Obesity?

Symptoms of Obesity: see symptoms of Obesity

Complications of Obesity: see complications of Obesity

Can anyone else get Obesity?

Inheritance: see inheritance of Obesity

Obesity: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Obesity.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Obesity.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Obesity: see treatments for Obesity
Alternative treatments for Obesity: see alternative treatments for Obesity
Prevention of Obesity: see prevention of Obesity
Research for Obesity: see research for Obesity

Society issues for Obesity

Costs of Obesity: $33 billion annually spent on weight-loss products and services (NIDDK)
Costs of Obesity: Americans spend $33 billion annually on weight-loss products and services. (Source: excerpt from NIDDK _ Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity: NIDDK)

Hospitalization statistics for Obesity: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Obesity:

  • 0.11% (1,442) of hospital consultant episodes were for obesity in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 33% of hospital consultant episodes for obesity were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67% of hospital consultant episodes for obesity were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Physician office visits for Obesity: 62.7 million (Source: excerpt from NIDDK _ Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity: NIDDK)
Work Days Lost for Obesity: 39.3 million (Source: excerpt from NIDDK _ Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity: NIDDK)
Restricted Activity Days for Obesity: 239.0 million (Source: excerpt from NIDDK _ Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity: NIDDK)
Bed Days for Obesity: 89.5 million (Source: excerpt from NIDDK _ Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity: NIDDK)

Organs Affected by Obesity:

Organs and body systems related to Obesity include:

Name and Aliases of Obesity

Main name of condition: Obesity

Other names or spellings for Obesity:

Fat, Obese

Body mass index raised Source - Diseases Database

Adipose tissue, Fatty tissue, Fleshiness
Source - WordNet 2.1

Obesity: Related Conditions

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