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