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Hazards and Health Risks Associated With Being Overweight or Obese: What Comorbidities are Linked to Obesity?

Author(s)/Faculty: Donna H. Ryan, MD, FACP
Release Date: 7/15/2014Expiration Date: 7/14/2015
Credit Type: CMENumber of Credits: 0
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Obesity has increased dramatically in the past 20 years, and is considered a health care epidemic in the United States. One-third of adults in the United States are considered obese, having a body mass index (BMI) ≥30 kg/m², according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Serious health concerns associated with obesity include increased risk for hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), depression, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, infertility, as well as cancers of the colon, breast, and endometrium. A BMI of ≥ 35 kg/m², increased waist circumference, and waist-to-hip ratio are predictors of increased risk for mortality. Evidence suggests that losing even 5% of body weight can produce clinically relevant decreases in insulin resistance, decreases in blood pressure, and improvements in lipid profiles. Although some patients will successfully achieve weight loss with changes in diet and exercise alone, these patients represent the minority, and a significant percentage of patients who are successful are unable to maintain weight loss over time. Staying current with evidence-based recommendations for treatment, including knowledge of the safety and efficacy of emerging therapeutic options, is vital to health care practitioners as they work with patients to develop optimal, individualized, long-term strategies for overcoming obesity. This program will consist of a series of four video vignettes presenting interviews with clinical experts who will explore some of the most pressing issues in the management of patients with obesity.