Consequences of Severe Obesity

Obesity affects us all. Not only does it affect one's health and lifestyle but it is also affecting our cost of living. The most recent research has shown that over 68% of the American population is overweight. Of that number 33% of all adults are obese and 17% of children aged 2-19 years (NHANES).

Morbid obesity brings with it an increased risk for a shorter life expectancy. As your weight increases your risk increases. According the ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery) and individual who is twice their ideal body weight has a risk of an early death twice that of a non-obese individual.

The health consequences of obesity are significant. And these medical conditions associated with obesity increase the risk for early death: risk of early death from diabetes or heart attack with the presence of obesity is 5-7 times greater. Some of the medical conditions associated with obesity:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Cancer (endometrial, breast, colon)
  • Stroke
  • Liver and Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia (high cholestoral, high TG)
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Gynecological problems

The medical costs associated with obesity are on the rise and starting to affect our insurance rates. In 2008 the cost of medical conditions associated with obesity was $147 billion. The average third party payer averaged $1429 higher costs with obese individuals than non-obese (Health Affairs, Sept 2009).

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