Medical Weight Management Fact 5

Managing weight with the help of a medical professional can be a useful tool in treating
obesity. Weight management can greatly improve overall health and lessen the impact of
the diseases and conditions that can accompany obesity.

The costs and health effects of being overweight and living with obesity are high.

  • Just over 70% of Americans are currently overweight, with nearly 40% having obesity.
  • Excess weight is associated with the development of additional chronic diseases such as: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and osteoarthritis. The risk for developing these diseases can increase as an individual’s weight increases. And the overall risk of developing diabetes can double for people with obesity rather than excess weight.
  • Around 75% of people with severe obesity have at least one other health- related condition (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, etc.) which can increase the risk of premature death.
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that adults dealing with severe obesity are most likely to die from cancer, diabetes or heart disease, and that years of lost life could be as high as 14 when compared to a healthy adult of the same age.
  • A substantial and rising percentage of healthcare costs are associated with the treatment of obesity. In 2015, 7.91% of health spending went toward obesity-related illness and spending on obesity-related illness increased 29% between 2001 and 2015.

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