Obesity is an excess of body weight due to fatty tissue. Milder forms are called “overweight”. See also the symptom of “weight gain”. Obesity is a common chronic condition in the developed world, and often co-occurs with three other major chronic conditions: chronic hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes (Type 2 Diabetes) ...

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Introduction: Obesity

Obesity is a chronic condition that affects more than one in three adults and nearly 17 percent of children in the United States. Another one in three adults is overweight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of type 2 diabetes ...1

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Symptoms of Obesity

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Overweight and Obesity? Weight gain usually happens over time. Most people know when they've gained weight. Some of the signs of overweight or obesity include:

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Complications of Obesity

What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity? Being overweight or obese isn't a cosmetic problem. These conditions greatly raise your risk for other health problems. Overweight and Obesity-Related Health Problems in Adults Coronary Heart Disease As your ...2

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Causes of Obesity

Primary Obesity: The most common situation is obesity that is caused by multiple factors, without a single clear cause, alongside issues such as eating habits and inactivity. This is the common type of “chronic obesity” and is called “primary obesity ...

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Causes of Obesity

Energy Balance: Energy balance is important for maintaining a healthy weight. The amount of energy or calories you get from food and drinks (energy IN) is balanced with the energy your body uses for things like breathing, digesting, and being physically active ...3

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Causes List for Obesity

Some possible causes of Obesity or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Obesity

Types of obesity include:

Milder forms include:

Other types include:

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Types of Obesity

Doctors have actually defined three categories of obesity: obesity 1, with a BMI of 30-34.9; obesity 2 (35-39.9); and extreme obesity (40). A research team supported by NIH set out to look at the relationship of ...5

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Diagnosis of Obesity

Assessing Your Weight and Health Risk: Assessment of weight and health risk involves using three key measures:

Body Mass Index (BMI)

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Genetics of Obesity

The hormone leptin, produced by adipocytes (fat cells), was discovered about three years ago in mice. Subsequently the human Ob gene was mapped to chromosome 7. Leptin is thought to act as a lipostat: as the amount of fat stored ...7

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Risk Factors for Obesity

Risk Factors for Health Topics Associated With Obesity: Along with being overweight or obese, the following conditions will put you at greater risk for heart disease and other conditions: Risk Factors

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Treatments: Obesity

Control Your Weight: Changing the way you approach weight loss can help you be more successful at weight management. Most people who are trying to lose weight focus on just the goal of weight loss. However, setting the right goals ...8

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Prevention of Obesity

How Can Overweight and Obesity Be Prevented? Following a healthy lifestyle can help you prevent overweight and obesity. Many lifestyle habits begin during childhood. Thus, parents and families should encourage their children to make healthy choices, such as following a ...9

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Research for Obesity

To examine the link between diet drinks and calories, NIH-funded scientists looked at data on nearly 24,000 adults. The researchers found that about 10% of healthy-weight adults drank diet beverages, compared to about 20% of over-weight ...10

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Names and Terminology

Synonyms: OBESITY, SUSCEPTIBILITY TO ; Obesity, MC4R-Related ...Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH)11 ...

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  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ weight-management
  2. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ obe/ risks
  3. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ educational/ lose_wt/ 
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2006/ August/ docs/ 02capsules.htm
  6. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ educational/ lose_wt/ risk.htm
  7. Source: NCBI, Genes and Disease (NCBI/NIH): ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ books/ NBK22251/ 
  8. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ educational/ lose_wt/ control.htm
  9. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ obe/ prevention
  10. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ mar2014/ capsule1
  11. Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH): ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ gtr/ conditions/ C0028754/ 

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