Obesity

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  • help each other live better and uncover the best ways to manage your health today
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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 for obesity

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Exercise
How many have tried
1204
Tried for
obesity (16)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
188
Tried for
obesity (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Added more fruits, vegetables and fiber)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
1271
Tried for
obesity (3)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
204
Tried for
obesity (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Alli)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
153
Tried for
obesity (1)

Data from patients with obesity, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (19 evaluations)
Side effects
exhaustion shortness of breath with exertion 1 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
obesity (16)
Perceived effectiveness
for obesity (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
obesity (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Added more fruits, vegetables and fiber)
Perceived effectiveness
for obesity (4 evaluations)
Side effects
abnormal urine smell body odor 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
obesity (3)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
obesity (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Alli)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
obesity (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with obesity, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has obesity on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 8 new patients joined this month
  • 1290 say obesity is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 114
30s 491
40s 815
50s 876
60s 593
70+ 158

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 673
Female 2381

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1460
Not Diagnosed 328

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