Weight Problems

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. With the availability of inexpensive processed and packaged goods, the pervasiveness of “fast-food” and the adaptation of a more sedentary lifestyle, an epidemic of overweight men, women and children in the US has arisen. Studies show that this trend is spreading to other developed countries in the world.

Excessive body weight is associated with various diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and certain types of cancer.  As a result, obesity has been found to reduce life expectancy.  Disorders associated with aging are often worsened if obesity is present.