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)
Type
Exercise
How many have tried
32
Tried for
obesity (32) 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)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
pain (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
pain (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
depressed mood (13) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
anxious mood (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
anxious mood (13)
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)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (11)

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 (21 evaluations)
Side effects
exhaustion muscle spasms 4 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
obesity (32) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision weight gain 11 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth chronic constipation 1 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation dizziness 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness decreased sex drive (libido) 5 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
depressed mood (13) 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
13
Tried for
anxious mood (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness dizziness 2 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
anxious mood (13)
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)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog dizziness 6 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
  • 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 2
20s 154
30s 494
40s 794
50s 800
60s 489
70+ 100

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 632
Female 2201

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1410
Not Diagnosed 329

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