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About Obesity

Learn the Facts Concerning Obesity

Obesity is a term that means having too much body fat. More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, and obesity-related conditions include some of the leading causes of preventable death, according to the CDC.

Obesity has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, kidney disease, cancer, stroke and depression, among many other medical problems. If obesity is untreated, the likelihood of premature death increases by 50-100 percent when compared with non-obese individuals.

Causes of obesity may include:

  • A genetic inheritance from your parents.
  • Your body’s inability to turn food into energy efficiently.
  • Unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise.
  • Influences in your environment.
  • Illness, such as hypothyroidism.
  • Psychological factors.

There are many factors that contribute to obesity, and weight loss surgery has been proven to be the most effective treatment.

For more information, call Michelle Harrison, RN, at (706) 880-7265.