Mark Nelson MD and Margaret Van Houten Mark Nelson MD and Margaret Van Houten

obesity map

Obesity is the fifth leading cause of preventable death in the world.

Obesity Map It's Not Your Fault
Our biological design and programming served us well 10,000 years ago. Today our obesogenic world and sedentary lifestyle is raising havoc on our body.

Here in the U.S., more than two-thirds of us are overweight, and more than one of every three is obese1. The AMA voted in June of 2013 to classify obesity as a disease itself.

Obese refers to those with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or above.

Being overweight contributes to more than a dozen serious illnesses2, including:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Abnormal Blood Fats
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallstones
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
  • Reproductive Problems

1. Ogden CL, Carroll MD, McDowell MA, Flegal KM. Obesity among adults in the United States—no change since 2003-2004. NCHS data brief no 1. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2007. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db01.pdf
2. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe/risks.html