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
26
Tried for
obesity (26) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (13) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (13)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
fatigue (8) obesity (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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for obesity (20 evaluations)
Side effects
exhaustion muscle spasms 2 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
obesity (26) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness low testosterone 3 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (13) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (13)
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)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness decreased sex drive (libido) 2 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
depressed mood (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) depressed mood 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (4 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood tremor in hands
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
fatigue (8) obesity (1)
  • 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 130
30s 513
40s 813
50s 853
60s 548
70+ 136

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 665
Female 2333

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1445
Not Diagnosed 329

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