Despite the millions of people living with obesity, this disease often gets overlooked by health care providers and leaves patients without the proper medical care they deserve. Obesity is about more than just excess weight, it’s about long-term health. People living with obesity are at a constant battle with their biology, where changes in their appetite hormone levels can cause them to gain back the weight, they’ve worked so hard to lose.
- Other complex factors
- Certain medications
Weight plays a significant part in your overall health, so it’s important to have regular conversations with your health care provider about weight, just as you would with other conditions.
adults in America today are living with obesity
The total global cost of chronic diseases due to obesity
Obesity is diagnosed as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more
Often, people with obesity are met with prejudice, discrimination and lack of compassion.
But with the right care, people with obesity can achieve sustained weight loss that makes a true difference in their health.
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