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Understanding Obesity Welcome Video

Lt Col Reynolds
Hello, and welcome to Understanding Obesity. I’m Dr. Reynolds…

Lt Col Phillips
…and I’m Dr. Phillips. In the United States, the number of Americans who indulge in unhealthy diets and inactive lifestyles has grown at an alarming rate. As a result, approximately one in three American adults is considered obese.[1] What may be even more surprising is that being overweight or obese is a problem among active duty service members as well.[2] While these conditions are less prevalent than in the general adult population, they’re still a problem.

Lt Col Reynolds
These trends have led to an increased likelihood of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer among those who are obese.[3] In addition, medical costs for those who are obese can be significantly higher than costs for people who maintain a healthy weight.[4]

Lt Col Phillips
That’s right, Dr. Reynolds. In this program, we’ll explain what obesity is and how it affects the body. We’ll describe the symptoms of obesity, as well as explore some of the treatment options. And, we’ll talk about some of the things people can do to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

Lt Col Reynolds
Finally, we’ll introduce you to several patients who share their personal experiences with obesity and its consequences.

Lt Col Phillips
Keep in mind, there may be terms that you’re not familiar with, so please visit our glossary at any time, and be sure to check out the other resources included in this program. Thank you for joining us.

[1] Cynthia L. Ogden, Margaret D. Carroll, Brian K. Kit, and Katherine M. Flegal, “Prevalence of Childhood and Adult Obesity in the United States, 2011–2012,” The Journal of the American Medical Association. February 26, 2014, http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1832542. (accessed September 8, 2015).

[2] C. M. Reyes-Guzman, R. M. Bray, V. L. Forman-Hoffman, J. Williams, “Overweight and obesity trends among active duty military personnel: a 13-year perspective,” AM J Prev Med, 48(2) (Feb 2015): 145–53.

[3] “Complications,” Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obesity/basics/complications/con-20014834. (accessed January 5, 2016)

[4] Eric A. Finkelstein, Justin G. Trogdon, Joel W. Cohen, and William Dietz, “Annual Medical Spending Attributable To Obesity: Payer-And Service-Specific Estimates,” Health Affairs. July 27, 2009, http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/28/5/w822.full.pdf+html. (accessed September 8, 2015).