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
17
Tried for
obesity (17) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
pain (12) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious 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)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8)

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 (19 evaluations)
Side effects
exhaustion shortness of breath with exertion 1 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
obesity (17) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation irritable bowel syndrome
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness low testosterone 3 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (12) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (10)
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 (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious 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 (6 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood increased wakefulness 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
fatigue (8) obesity (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8)
  • 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?

  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 1280 say obesity is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 116
30s 504
40s 818
50s 865
60s 576
70+ 153

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 672
Female 2367

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1452
Not Diagnosed 328

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