Severe Obesity is a Disease

DID YOU KNOW?

Once primarily seen as a behavioral and environmental problem, obesity is now viewed as a complex disorder and a major health risk factor linked to diabetes, increased cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, cancer, hypertension, and early death. Source: American Heart Association Overweight & Obesity – 2013 Statistical Fact Sheet

It is not a character defect, or simply lack of will power. It’s a medical condition that affects almost 20 million Americans, and it’s the greatest health care problem in the United States today. People with obesity are at a greater risk for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and heart problems. Excess weight impacts your health, your self-esteem, and your relationships.

Diet and exercise are ineffective in severe obesity. Chances are good you’ve been down that road before. You’ve done “yo-yo” dieting which only hurts your body and increases your feelings of hopelessness. Each diet failure makes you feel like a failure.

But there is hope.