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Obesity (MedlinePlus)

Obesity by MedlinePlus describes Health Risks of Being Overweight, Diagnosis, Prevention, Activity, Causes, and more. Written for the general consumer, no advertisements.

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. This data brief is no longer updated.

Obese Patients in US Hospitals (pdf)

AHRQ’s Statistical Brief #137 Obesity-Related Hospitalizations examines obese patients in US hospitals. The brief 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 in 2009 with a secondary diagnosis of obesity was particularly high in the Midwest and rural areas. Released July 2012

Obesity Rates to 2018, CDC

State-by-state obesity rates for adults from 2016 to 2018. CDC collected prevalence data shown in the maps through CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Updated September 2019

Overweight and Obesity-Related Health Problems in Adults

Excellent information on health problems related to Overweight and Obesity. Includes risk factors, causes, prevention and treatment. Ad-free website from NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

State of Obesity 2019

State of Obesity 2019 is the latest annual report from TFAH on America’s obesity crisis. The nonprofit Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) report contains 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. Formerly this was the “F as in Fat” report. Report (92 pages) issued September 2019

Statistics on Obesity, Adults in the United States

Find statistics on obesity, and prevalence of severe obesity for adults in the United States. Over 42% of US adults aged 20+ are considered obese (BMI of 30 or more) according to the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Obesity is prevalent in over 46% of men. By race, Asians had only a 17.4% obesity rate. Non-Hispanic black women had an obesity rate of nearly 57%. Obesity is a major risk factor for many diseases. Obesity has been steadily trending upward for the past 16 years, but more sharply in the past 6 years. Prevalence of Obesity and Severe Obesity Among Adults: United States, 2017–2018, published February 2020 NCHS data brief No. 360.

Statistics on Overweight and Obesity

Find accurate statistics and estimates related to overweight and obesity. Topics include economic costs associated with overweight and obesity, 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). WIN (Weight-control Information Network) is an information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. It produces, collects and distributes materials on obesity, weight control, and nutrition.

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Consumer Guide to Prevention – USPSTF Recommendations Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for more than 100 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Individual Consumer Guides for all different types of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, speech and language disorders, hearing loss, chronic kidney disease, depression, diabetes, abdominal aortic aneurysm, sexually transmitted disease, osteoporosis, and much more. Counseling for alcohol misuse, diet and physical activity. Updated 2019. the USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. Updated 2019

Healthcare Spending Forecast and Obesity (CBO)

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 was enacted. With medical inflation since 2009, $7200 is now equivalent to about $9431.

Medical Spending Attributable to Obesity

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 Sept.-Oct. 2009 issue

Nutrition (MedlinePlus) and Calorie Counter

Nutrition at MedlinePlus provides an easy to use Calorie Count – Fast Food; Dietary Guidelines (how many calories per day do you need? Try 1800 for moderately active women age 60, 2400 for moderately active 60-year old men), ChooseMyPlate instead of Food Pyramids, Healthy Eating, Menu Planner, Ethnic Food, Diet Choices to Prevent Cancer, Vegetables. Much more

NutritionData’s Calorie and Nutrition Info – All foods

NutritionData provides calorie and nutrition information. Find “food composition” comparison data for any foods you choose. Enter the food in the search box at the top of the home page. Great way to understand vitamins, nutrients, calories and fullness factor from your foods.

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

Workplace Health Achievement Hospitals, Health Plans, Health Systems

The American Heart Association’s 2019 list of Workplace Health Achievement companies shows many hospitals, health plans and health systems at the top Gold level, and at Silver and Bronze levels. Honored organizations addressed 55 best practices to promote exercise, good nutrition and a wellness culture in the workplace

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