Costly, Stigmatizing, and Chronic

Costly, Stigmatizing, and Chronic

The disease of obesity is extremely costly not only in terms of economics, but also in terms of individual and societal health, longevity, and psychological well-being. Due to its progressive nature, obesity requires life-long treatment and control. Do you struggle with any of the following?

Bone/Joint Damage and Accidents

Obesity, in particular severe obesity, contributes to a number of bone and joint issues. These issues can increase the risk for accidents and personal injury. 

Joint Diseases (osteoarthritis, gout)

  • spinal disorders
  • back pain

Diabetes

Obesity is a major cause of type 2 diabetes. People affected by obesity or severe obesity are about 10 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can nearly double the risk of death and can lead to amputations, heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, high blood pressure, circulatory and nerve defects, hard-to-heal infections, and impotence.

Prediabetes – This is where your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be call diabetes. Unfortunately most people with prediabetes don’t have any symptoms so they could continue to have worsening blood sugar levels over time and not realize it.  “Losing weight - at least 5 to 10 percent of your starting weight - can prevent or delay diabetes or even reverse prediabetes. That's 10 to 20 pounds for someone who weighs 200 pounds.”

Obesity is a major risk factor for high blood pressure (also known as “hypertension”).About 3 out of 4 hypertension cases are related to obesity. Hypertension increases the risk of other diseases. These include coronary heart disease (CHD), congestive heart failure (CHF), stroke, and kidney disease, and an increased risk of a heart attack.

The cost of treating obesity related diseases continues to be on the rise, with the Centers for Disease Control reporting that in 2008 the costs associated with treating obesity were estimated to be $147 billion dollars.

Hypertension

Obesity is a major risk factor for high blood pressure (also known as “hypertension”).About 3 out of 4 hypertension cases are related to obesity. Hypertension increases the risk of other diseases. These include coronary heart disease (CHD), congestive heart failure (CHF), stroke, and kidney disease, and an increased risk of a heart attack