We understand that many factors contribute to weight gain, including our surroundings, genetics, metabolism, family history and lifestyle. Today, obesity is a serious health concern facing the United States.
- An estimated 93 million Americans are obese.
- Obese individuals are at a higher risk for impaired mobility and experience a negative social stigma commonly associated with obesity.
- Socioeconomic status plays a significant role in obesity. Low-income minority populations tend to experience obesity at higher rate and are more likely to be overweight.
- Almost 112,000 annual deaths are attributable to obesity.
- In the United States, 40 percent of adults do not participate in any leisure-time physical activity.
- Being overweight, obese or morbidly obese significantly increases the risk of developing many other diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis and much more.
- Morbid obesity is characterized by an individual weighing more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight, or having a body mass index (BMI) (link to BMI) of 40 or higher.
- In 2002, 25 percent of the morbidly obese were being treated for six or more co-morbid conditions.
- The cost of obesity in the United States in 2000 was more than $117 billion.
- Many insurance companies do not cover clinical or non-clinical weight-loss programs.
- Treating an obese individual cost $1,244 more per year in 2002 than treating a healthy-weight person did.
- In 2003, Americans spent about $75 billion in weight-related medical bills.
Source: Obesity Action Coalition
Obesity often causes or worsens other medical conditions. The most common obesity-related medical conditions, also called co-morbidities, include:
- Coronary artery disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Hyperlipidemia (elevated cholesterol)
- Joint pain or arthritis
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Stress urinary incontinence
- Type 2 diabetes
Getting started with Guthrie Weight Loss Center is easy:
To start your weight loss program, call us at 570-887-3920 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment today. Those interested in weight loss surgery can review and complete the New Patient Information Packet for additional information on getting started.