By: Meg Irish
Published: October 15, 2019
Despite increased awareness of obesity in recent years, the number of those diagnosed with this disease continues to rise in both the U.S. and worldwide. Around 70% of the U.S. population is currently considered either overweight or obese. Obesity is classified by a person’s body mass index (BMI), the value derived from the mass and height of an individual. Nearly 30% of the population is considered overweight, meaning their BMI is above 24 and below 29.9. Those categorized as obese have a BMI of more than 29.9 and account for 40% of the population. High rates of inactivity, easy access to high calorie-dense food, and changes in behavior all contribute to this growing trend.
“The greatest challenge as a primary care provider often comes when consulting patients,” said family medicine physician, Ebtehal Abdelaal, MD, of TPMG Peninsula Medical Associates. “Oftentimes, patients say they are not ready to discuss the issue, and we’re unable to help resolve some of the underlying medical conditions associated with obesity.” Read more