Morbid obesity is the second leading cause of preventable deaths in America. More people die from morbid obesity annually than breast and colon cancer combined.
Obesity is a serious health problem in the United States of America. About 33% of Americans suffer from obesity. Obesity is defined in medical terms as a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30. A person is considered to have morbid obesity if they are 100 pounds over their ideal body weight or in other words with a BMI of greater than 40 or those with a BMI greater than 35 with co-morbidities. The American Medical Association recognized obesity as a disease process formally in 2013.
There are a range of health conditions that are associated or strongly linked to obesity.
• High blood pressure (hypertension)
• Type 2 Diabetes
• Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol)
• Sleep Apnea
• Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
• Multitude of cancers
• Menstrual irregularities
As depicted in the map above, the problem is not unique to any one state. It is an increasingly prevalent problem across the country with higher and higher rates of obesity if we look at the map over the span of time. There is help available. Many insurance companies and even federal health programs often provide coverage for this disease. Now is the time to seek medical attention. If you have high blood pressure or any other health condition, you wouldn't wait and try to fix it on your own, so why wait with obesity. Speak with your healthcare provider now.