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


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)
Type
Exercise
How many have tried
33
Tried for
obesity (33) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
pain (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
depressed mood (14) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (11) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
depressed mood (10) pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (2)
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)
Perceived effectiveness
for obesity (22 evaluations)
Side effects
exhaustion muscle spasms 4 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
obesity (33) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision weight gain 13 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation dizziness 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation irritable bowel syndrome
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness decreased sex drive (libido) 5 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
depressed mood (14) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
anxious mood (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) daytime tiredness 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
anxious mood (11) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) sweating increased 1 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (10) pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 2 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth excessive sweating 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (2)
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 152
30s 501
40s 784
50s 779
60s 474
70+ 93
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 351
20-29 years 264
30-39 years 210
40-49 years 119
50-59 years 54
60-69 years 7
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 618
Female 2,166

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,394
Not Diagnosed 325

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