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Impact of Obesity

Obesity Is a Prevalent and Costly Disease1

Obesity has a significant clinical and economic impact because it can be the underlying cause of many comorbidities, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.1

Obesity is a chronic disease, not merely a lifestyle issue2

Why is it so hard to lose weight and why does it return? As shown here, there are multiple factors
that may affect weight loss and weight maintenance.

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Science of Obesity

When weight is lost, the body
increases the hunger hormone and
decreases the fullness hormone3

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Certain genes may play an important role
in how much weight is gained4,5

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Not enough sleep and lack
of physical activity may be
contributing factors6

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Eating healthy may be challenging
(eg, location, price, time to prepare).
Some individuals have no place to

All of this information and more in an easy-to-read learning module



The Science of Obesity Video

Would you like to learn more about the science of obesity and the impact it can have on the workplace? This video will help you gain a basic scientific understanding of obesity and learn about different ways in which obesity can negatively impact your company.

Burden of Obesity 3D Animated Video

This video sheds light on all the ways in which obesity can negatively affect companies and their employees.


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COVID-19 and Obesity

People with obesity have reason to be concerned about COVID-19 based on the increased risks they face. This resource discusses these risks and provides information on COVID-19 and obesity. 


Additional Resources

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50 State Obesity Fact Sheets

Up-to-date information about risks, implications, and productivity data for your state.


Obesity Employer Handout

Learn to navigate weight management and AOM coverage in your organization.

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References: 1. Garvey WT, Mechanick JI, Brett EM, et al; Reviewers of the AACE/ACE Obesity Clinical Practice Guidelines. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology comprehensive clinical practice guidelines for medical care of patients with obesity. Endocr Pract. 2016;22(suppl 3):1-203. 2. Recognition of Obesity as a Disease H-440.842. American Medical Association website. https://policysearch.ama-assn.org/policyfinder/detail/H-440.842?uri=%2FAMADoc%2FHOD.xml-0-3858.xml. Accessed December 7, 2020. 3. Sumithran P, Prendergast LA, Delbridge E, et al. Long-term persistence of hormonal adaptations to weight loss. N Engl J Med. 2011;365(17):1597-1604. 4. Hebebrand J, Hinney A, Knoll N, Volckmar AL, Scherag A. Molecular genetic aspects of weight regulation. Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2013;110(19):338-344. 5. Bray GA, Kim KK, Wilding JPH. Obesity: a chronic relapsing progressive disease process. A position statement of the World Obesity Federation. Obes Rev. 2017;18(7):715-723. 6. Schwartz MW, Seeley RJ, Zeltser LM, et al. Obesity pathogenesis: an Endocrine Society Scientific Statement. Endocr Rev. 2017;38(4):267-296.


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