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Breaking the Stigma of Obesity

Defining Obesity

Obesity is a common problem in the United States. Current research suggests that one in three Americans are obese. In the United States alone, about 300,000 deaths each year can be blamed on obesity.

Obesity tends to run in families, suggesting that genetics may play a role. However, family members also tend to share the same diet and lifestyle. Environment also plays a role in obesity. Environmental factors impacting obesity include what and how often a person eats, a person’s level of physical activity and behavioral health factors. Obesity can also be the result of treatable medical conditions.

The treatment for obesity is difficult. Obesity is a chronic condition and a lifelong battle. It requires long-term lifestyle changes.

Learn more about obesity from Dr. Tarek Waked, Weight Loss Surgeon: