Despite the millions of people living with obesity, this disease often gets overlooked by healthcare 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. 

Factors that contribute to excess weight can include:

  • Environment
  • Genetics
  • Lifestyle
  • Certain medications
  • Health conditions or other complex factors

Weight plays a significant part in your overall health, so it's important to have regular conversations with your healthcare provider about weight, just as you would with other conditions.

Obesity is linked with at least 60 comorbidities. Just a few of these include:
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome 

Losing weight can help improve some medical conditions associated with obesity.

Often, people with obesity are met with stigma, bias and lack of compassion. But with the right care, people with obesity can achieve weight loss that can help make a difference in their health.

Obesity is not a choice. While healthy eating and increased physical activity are important parts of managing weight, for many people with obesity, that may not be enough. In fact, according to one study, people with obesity generally make seven serious attempts to lose weight over time.

Why does the weight return? After weight loss, for people with obesity, the body fights to put the weight back on.

After weight loss by reducing calories, metabolism slows down, hunger increases, fullness decreases and the body keeps trying to regain the weight for at least one year.1,2

Understanding how the body manages weight has provided healthcare providers with information to provide long term support and individualized approaches to weight management. We know that it's not just about losing weight, it's about managing the disease of obesity for increased long-term health and keeping the weight off over time.3

Queen Latifah is helping take obesity head-on, and that starts by having an honest conversation about shame, bias and stigma. Sometimes, they’re not as visible as you’d think.

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