Obesity and Disease: Is there a connection?

July 25, 2016 12:00 PM

Years ago, the American Medical Association officially classified obesity as a disease. Sadly, the obesity epidemic is alive and well in New Jersey, where a majority of adults are considered overweight, while 24% are considered obese with Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements of 30 or higher. The reasons are many, but eating unhealthy foods and not getting enough exercise are major causes of the problem.

It’s been proven that obesity factors into the development or worsening of many diseases and conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and diabetes. Some researchers claim that their studies prove a link between obesity and several types of cancer. In addition, many physical or joint problems are made worse by obesity because too much weight puts a strain on hips, knees, and feet.

Hackensack University Medical Group providers have been in the forefront of recognizing the problem and taking an active role in treating obesity in our patient population. We know it isn’t easy but we also know that losing weight through fad diets or extreme exercise plans cannot be successful in the long run. Our healthcare providers are ready to help with strategies that can help you lose weight, food plans, medications, or surgery.

Call us at: 855.385.HEAL (4325) to get started.

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