Basic Summary for Overweight


Main name of condition: Overweight

What is Overweight?
  Brief description of Overweight: Overweight with a BMI below 30 (see also obesity).
  Organs Affected by Overweight: body
  Types of Overweight: Obesity
How many people get Overweight?
  Prevalance of Overweight: 97.1 million American adults
  Prevalance Rate of Overweight: approx 1 in 3 or 35.70% or 97.1 million people in USA [about data]
  Worldwide prevalence:over 1 billion adults worldwide (WHO World Health Report, 2003)
  Prevalance of Overweight: More than 60 percent of Americans aged 20 years and older are overweight. One-quarter of American adults are also obese 1 ... Obesity affects about one in four adult Americans, and during any one year, over half of Americans go on a weight-loss diet or are trying to maintain their weight.2
How serious is Overweight?
  Complications of Overweight: see complications of Overweight
What causes Overweight?
  Causes of Overweight: see causes of Overweight
  Risk factors for Overweight: see risk factors for Overweight
Can anyone else get Overweight?
  Inheritance: see inheritance of Overweight
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Overweight: see treatments for Overweight
  Research for Overweight: see research for Overweight
Society issues for Overweight
  Costs of Overweight: $99.2 billion total including direct $51.6 billion and indirect $47.6 billion (NIDDK)
  Costs of Overweight: Total cost: $99.2 billion
Direct cost: $51.6 billion (5.7 percent of the U.S. health expenditure)
Indirect cost: $47.6 billion (comparable to the economic costs of cigarette smoking)

1. excerpt from Understanding Adult Obesity: NIDDK
2. excerpt from Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-Loss Program: NIDDK
3. excerpt from NIDDK _ Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity: NIDDK

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