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July 08, 2022

Obesity is a complex metabolic disease and not a problem of willpower or self-control. Having obesity or being overweight is not the patient’s fault, obesity results from a complex biology whereby the body increases the amount of fat it wants to hold on to. As a result, people with obesity may crave more calorie-dense foods and are more likely to store extra calories as fat. The result is weight gain, or more specifically, an increase in the amount of fat the body wants to carry. The reasons for this are not yet well understood but some of the contributors are thought to be unhealthy diet, unhealthy muscle, lack of sleep, disruptions in circadian rhythm, and weight gain-promoting mediations, among others. Our 2015 report details the epidemiology of obesity and MetS by age, race, and geographic location and includes data on the direct costs associated with obesity and MetS.

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Obesity At a Glance

 

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Priorities & Positions: Obesity

The Endocrine Society works to reduce the prevalence of obesity, identify policy options to address obesity, and advocate for access to affordable care.

The Endocrine Society works to reduce the prevalence of obesity, identify policy options to address obesity, and advocate for access to affordable care.

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