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Risk factors: Genetics, family history, age, smoking, social and economic issues, inactivity, poor diet, lack of sleep, and certain medications. Usually doctors look at a Body Mass Index (BMI) a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fat for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems. Adults with a BMI of 30 or higher are considered obese.
Symptoms: Difficulty sleeping, snoring, sleep apnea, pain in back or joints, excessive sweating, feeling out of breath with minor exertion, and depression.
Treatments: Dietary changes, exercise, behavior modification, weight loss surgery.
Center for Disease Control This site provides a variety of information designed to help people understand that obesity is a serious health issue.
National Institutes of Health Being obese increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and some cancers. If you are obese, losing even 5 to 10 percent of your weight can delay or prevent some of these diseases.
Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute The Cleveland Clinic bariatric weight loss surgery program is focused on addressing obesity with modern treatment strategies, research and education.
University Hospitals Bariatric Surgery Program University Hospitals’ bariatric surgery program enables morbidly obese patients to find a lasting solution to their weight loss challenges and associated health problems.
MetroHealth Weight Loss Surgery Program The weight loss surgery program at MetroHealth is a comprehensive program that follows a holistic approach. We treat the whole person: emotionally, physically, and spiritually .
Akron Children’s Hospital Diabetes and Obesity Resources Akron Children’s Hospital offers a wealth of information on childhood obesity and its effects on kids and teens.
Obesity and Diabetes The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes.
Obesity and Heart Disease Obesity is now recognized as a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack.
Obesity and Cancer Questions and Answers from the National Cancer Institute.
Mayo Clinic Comprehensive overview covers causes, treatment and prevention of this serious health risk.
Improving Sleep: A Guide to a Good Night’s Rest Improving Sleep, discusses sleep apnea, how it’s diagnosed, and how it’s treated.
New County Health Rankings Give First Snapshot of Health in Each State University of Wisconsin/RWJF project ranks counties on how healthy people are and how long they live.
United States Department of Agriculture Focus on Food
Physical Activity and Weight Gain Prevention Journal of the American Medical Association
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding in Severely Obese Adolescents Journal of the American Medical Association
Overweight, obesity, and depression National Library of Medicine
Childhood Obesity, Other Cardiovascular Risk Factors, and Premature Death New England Journal of Medicine
Overweight in America The New York Times
University Hospitals study links childbirth to women’s obesity The Plain Dealer
Michelle Obama to take anti-obesity campaign directly to food giants The Plain Dealer
Fat Chance: Obesity Rate Isn’t Dropping, But It Isn’t Climbing The Wall Street Journal
Michael Jacobson, Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest Action on Nutrition: From the White House to Your House.