Understanding Obesity

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Obesity is a life-threatening disease affecting millions of Americans. About 31.4% of adults in the United States are obese.1

It's important to understand the difference between the terms overweight and obese. Overweight refers to an excess of body weight compared to set standards. The excess weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Obesity refers specifically to having an abnormally high proportion of body fat. A person can be overweight without being obese, such as a bodybuilder or an athlete who has a lot of muscle. However, many people who are overweight are also obese.1

Health Risks

Obesity is associated with about 112,000 deaths each year in the United States relative to healthy-weight individuals1. In fact, it is more harmful to your health than smoking and alcohol abuse3. In addition, obesity is a major risk factor for serious medical conditions (comorbidities), such as4: Type II diabetes, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Heart disease, Stroke, Breathing difficulties, Cancer, and Joint problems.

The good news is that by losing weight, you can improve, prevent, or lower your risk for these weight-related health conditions.