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
126
Tried for
Obesity (126) Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Non-impact machines (biking, stairstepper, treadclimber), pushups, sitsups weights)
Type
Exercise
How many have tried
101
Tried for
Obesity (101) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Pain (20) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Insomnia (11) Pain (8)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Pain (16) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Pain (17)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Insomnia (15) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Anxious mood (14) Insomnia (1)

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 (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Craving carbs Cravings 6 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Obesity (126) Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Non-impact machines (biking, stairstepper, treadclimber), pushups, sitsups weights)
Perceived effectiveness
for Obesity (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Generalized weakness (asthenia) Joint pain 10 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Obesity (101) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Anger Aphasia 7 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (20) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Loss of sex drive (libido) 2 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Anxious mood (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Balance worsened Bowel irritability 5 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (19)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Agitation 7 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Insomnia (11) Pain (8)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Brain fog 2 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Pain (16) Insomnia (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Constipation 13 more
How many evaluations
19
Tried for
Pain (17)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Drugged feeling Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Insomnia (15) Anxious mood (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Early morning wakefulness 2 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Anxious mood (14) Insomnia (1)

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 5
20s 160
30s 386
40s 532
50s 502
60s 238
70+ 34

Sex

Distribution of sex

77% Female
23% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 311
20-29 years 239
30-39 years 178
40-49 years 108
50-59 years 45
60-69 years 7
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 989
Not Diagnosed 272

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