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Obesity (MedlinePlus)

Health Risks of Being Overweight, Diagnosis, Prevention, Activity, Causes, and more

Arthritis and Obesity

Obesity makes arthritis worse. Read updates from the Arthritis Foundation

How often do physicians advise patients to exercise?

Data from the National Health Interview Survey, 2010, show that about one in three adults (32.4%) who had seen a physician or other health professional in the past 12 months had been advised to begin or continue to do exercise or physical activity. NCHS Data Brief 86, February 2012

NAASO, The Obesity Society Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets on obesity for consumers, by NAASO, The Obesity Society, a leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity, and publisher of journal Obesity. Information on diabetes & obesity, cancer & obesity, childhood overweight; bias and stigma

Obese Patients in US Hospitals, 2009 (pdf)

AHRQ's Statistical Brief #137 Obesity-Related Hospitalizations, presents findings from analyzing conditions (such as osteoarthritis, heart problems, skin infections, pneumonia, COPD) and procedures (such as bariatric surgery and upper GI endoscopy), regional differences, estimated costs of hospitalization (2009) and length of stay. The rate of patients with a secondary diagnosis of obesity was particularly high in the Midwest and rural areas. Released July 2012

Obesity Trends to 2014, CDC

State-by-state obesity trends for adults from 2011 to 2014. Download the PowerPoint slides to see growth of Americans, year by year, as obesity grips the country. Data shown in the maps were collected through the CDCís Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Updated Sept. 2015

Overweight and Obesity-Related Health Problems in Adults

A fact sheet about Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity, from NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Updated 2012

State of Obesity 2015 (formerly F as in Fat)

The nonprofit organization Trust for America's Health has issued its annual report on America's obesity crisis, containing state-by-state information and major strategies for federal, state and local governments, schools, families, employers, insurers, food & beverage companies, and others to address the obesity epidemic. Report (116 pages) issued September 2015

Statistics on Obesity, Adults and Kids in the United States

Over 36% of US adults aged 20+ are considered obese (BMI of 30 or more) according to the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. It reaches 40% of adults age 40-59. For adolescents ages 12-19, already 20% are obese. Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Lots of resources and news. Nov. 2015 NCHS data brief

Weight-control Information Network (WIN) - Statistics

WIN is an information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. It produces, collects and disseminates materials on obesity, weight control, and nutrition. Includes statistics related to overweight and obesity; associated economic costs, Body Mass Index Table, mortality rate associated with obesity, and more. Site reports that overweight and obesity are known risk factors for: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and other breathing problems, some forms of cancer (breast, colorectal, endometrial and kidney)

Other Helpful Listings

Fit-Friendly Hospitals, Health Plans, Health Systems

The American Heart Association's Start! 2015 lists of Fit-Friendly Companies shows many hospitals and health systems at the top Platinum level, and at the Gold level. These Honor Roll organizations promote exercise, good nutrition and a wellness culture in the workplace. Some received Fitness Innovation Awards

Food Scores, using Overall Nutritional Quality Index - ONQI  Editor's Pick

Innovative nutritional scoring system shows consumers the nutritional value of foods through one score - to essentially compare apples to oranges - using a scale of 1 to 100 for each food. Score based on over 30 nutrients (like important vitamins, minerals and Omega-3) and other nutritional factors like trans fat, sodium, sugar, cholesterol, calories, carbs, and protein quality. NuVal (TM) Scoring System developed by Griffin Hospital, a Yale-affiliated, non-profit community hospital in Derby, CT, and home to Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center; with private entrepreneurs Topco Associates

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2015  Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for 95 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Sample Topics: Screening Mammography at age 50, Cancer (e.g. which is more cost effective - colonoscopy or fecal occult blood testing for colorectal cancer?), recommended screening for bladder cancer or skin cancer, Heart Disease (including aspirin for prevention), smoking cessation, screening for depression in children, diabetes screening, folic acid supplements, glaucoma screening, osteoporosis, COPD and spirometry

Healthcare Spending Forecast and Obesity (CBO 2010)

Congressional Budget Office forecasts per capita spending on health care for adults will rise 59% to 71% between 2007 and 2020 from $4550 to over $7200 (2009 dollars), depending on assumptions made relative to US obesity rates. Almost 2/3 of adults in US are overweight or obese. Published Sept. 2010, after health reform has been enacted

Medical Spending Attributable to Obesity (2009)

Health Affairs research estimates the medical costs of obesity may have risen to $147 billion per year (2008 dollar estimate, using data from 2006 MEPS and NHEA). Obese people had 42% higher medical spending, $1429 more than a normal weight person. Data for overweight people were not provided. Higher prevalence of obesity accounted for 89 percent of the increase in obesity spending between 1998 and 2006. Costs are almost entirely from treating diseases (such as diabetes) that obesity promotes. Published online July 27, 2009

Michigan Hospital Prices, Patient Opinion and Quality Ratings

Michigan Hospital Association's Keystone Center web site shows Medicare charges, and how much Medicare pays after they apply federal discounts (for an idea of average cost) and volumes for the top 50 most common inpatient and 50 outpatient services at nonprofit hospitals. Includes services like clinic visit (without the doctor's charge), ER visit, MRI, CT scan, ultrasound. Inpatient conditions like stroke, hip, knee or ankle surgery, GI problems, psych admission, heart problems also show average Medicare charges. Compare quality of Emergency transfers from critical access hospitals in rural areas. Patient Satisfaction (HCAHPS) and Quality ratings like those at CMS hospital compare are listed for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infection prevention, except the dates may be older here and no side-by-side comparisons. Prices from 2010-2011, one hospital at a time

Nutrition (MedlinePlus) and Calorie Counter

Calorie Calculator (how many calories per day do you need?), Dietary Guidelines, Food Pyramids, Healthy Eating, Menu Planner, Ethnic Food, Diets, Men and Vegetables. Much more

NutritionData's Calorie and Nutrition Info - All foods

This site provides "food composition" comparison data for any foods you choose. (Enter the food in the search box) See Quick and Healthy Foods

Ohio Hospitals - Top 60 Inpatient Hospital Prices (OHA)

As required by the Ohio Department of Health, the average and typical prices for the top 60 most common hospitalizations are listed by Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) for all payer cases. Reports published by the Ohio Hospital Association show volume, average charge and length of stay. No side-by-side comparisons. Surgery procedures and hospitalizations (such as joint replacement, delivery, hysterectomy [DRG 358], psychiatric admission, COPD, etc.) are listed in the order of volume for each hospital, requiring consumers to search for the condition they want, and check each individual hospital's report. Dates for data are not easily found at Ohio Hospital Compare

Prevention Makes Common "Cents"

Detailed report by US Department of Health and Human Services (September 2003) addressing the cost of disease and illness. Specific sections are included on Overweight and Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease, Asthma, and Tobacco Use. Metabolic Syndrome also discussed

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in US Health Care - Chartbook 2008 (pdf)

Excellent but dated, comprehensive chartbook by The Commonwealth Fund showing differences by race and ethnicity in health status, life expectancy (mortality), health insurance coverage, access, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, asthma, mental distress, screening tests and much more. Discusses value of Medical Homes. Top notch charts, with most recent available data. Pub. March 2008

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