Obesity

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What is obesity?

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems.

Common symptoms reported by people with obesity

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with obesity

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
pain (18) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
depressed mood (15) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
anxious mood (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
depressed mood (14) pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
anxious mood (13) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
depressed mood (12) pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (9) depressed mood (9)
1 more

Data from patients with obesity, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with obesity

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision aphasia 13 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (18) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation dizziness 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (17)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation chronic constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness bruxism (teeth grinding) 5 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
depressed mood (15) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
anxious mood (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) sweating increased 1 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
depressed mood (14) pain (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) daytime tiredness 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (13) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
addiction drowsiness 2 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood blurry vision 15 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (12) pain (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain dizziness 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (9) depressed mood (9)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with obesity, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has obesity on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 161
30s 502
40s 757
50s 753
60s 434
70+ 82
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 352
20-29 years 264
30-39 years 210
40-49 years 119
50-59 years 54
60-69 years 7
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

78% Female
22% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,284
Not Diagnosed 321

These charts show data from obesity patients who have completed their condition history
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