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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Obesity

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

(Added more fruits, vegetables and fiber)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
87
Tried for
Obesity (87) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Exercise
How many have tried
57
Tried for
Obesity (57)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Pain (19) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Anxious mood (16) Insomnia (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Depressed mood (16) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Pain (18)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Insomnia (12) Pain (9)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Insomnia (14) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
Pain (13) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
13
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Anxious mood (1)
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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Added more fruits, vegetables and fiber)
Perceived effectiveness
for Obesity (31 evaluations)
Side effects
Craving carbs Cravings 6 more
How many evaluations
32
Tried for
Obesity (87) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Obesity (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive sweating Exhaustion 10 more
How many evaluations
25
Tried for
Obesity (57)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Anger Aphasia 8 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Pain (19) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Bipolar depressive episodes Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Anxious mood (16) Insomnia (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 4 more
How many evaluations
21
Tried for
Depressed mood (16) Pain (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (18)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Agitation 10 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Insomnia (12) Pain (9)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Drugged feeling Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 7 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Insomnia (14) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Chronic constipation 7 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (13) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Daytime sleepiness Depressed mood 2 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Anxious mood (1)
1 more

Data from patients with Obesity, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Obesity on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 166
30s 438
40s 628
50s 588
60s 307
70+ 54

Sex

Distribution of sex

77% Female
23% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 354
20-29 years 267
30-39 years 210
40-49 years 120
50-59 years 55
60-69 years 7
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,153
Not Diagnosed 298

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