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Obesity affects nearly two-thirds of people in this country, and it’s rising at alarming rates, especially among children. People living with obesity are at risk for serious health conditions, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, sleep problems and overall lower quality of life.
Many factors can cause obesity, including:
Morbid obesity is even more serious than simply being overweight. Morbid obesity is a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, or 35 or more in those with a medical condition associated with obesity (like high blood pressure, sleep apnea and diabetes).
Morbid obesity interferes with basic functions such as breathing or walking. People who are morbidly obese have shorter life expectancies (both men and women living with morbid obesity have 50-100 percent higher mortality rates than those with a healthy weight), serious health consequences such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and an overall lower quality of life. Often, this disease makes it difficult, if not impossible, for people to work or socialize easily.
The causes of morbid obesity are multiple and complex. Despite conventional wisdom, it is not simply a result of overeating. Research has shown that often the underlying causes of morbid obesity are genetic, environmental and social.
A co-morbid condition is either the presence of one or more disorder or disease in addition to a primary disorder or disease, or the presence of a disorder or disease that is caused by or otherwise related to another condition in the same patient.
Compared to women of healthy weight, women who are morbidly obese have a:
The statistics are similar for men. Compared to men of healthy weight, men who are morbidly obese have a:
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