Obesity Facts

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a Chronic Disease: Obesity requires a comprehensive approach for both prevention and treatment. Obesity is associated with many other conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, lipid disorders, certain cancers, sleep apnea, arthritis, and mental illness. Obesity care should not simply aim to reduce body weight, but should also focus on improving overall health and quality of life.

Obesity is a Complex Disease: Obesity, similar to other chronic diseases, demands a continuum of evidence-based treatment options and a multidisciplinary clinical approach. The obesity care team should encompass physician and non-physician professionals and qualified disciplines, coordinated across physical and mental health treatment areas.

Obesity can be Treated: Clinical guidelines recommend medical management for obesity. Treatments may include lifestyle intervention, pharmacotherapy, and bariatric surgery.


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