Medical Weight Management Fact 4

Managing weight with the help of a medical professional can be a useful tool in treating
obesity. Weight management can greatly improve overall health and lessen the impact of
the diseases and conditions that can accompany obesity.

Fact 4 – The costs and health effects of being overweight and living with obesity are high.

  • Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (48.1%) followed by Hispanics (42.5%), non-Hispanic whites (34.5%), and non-Hispanic Asians (11.7%).
  • Obesity is higher among middle-aged adults (age 40-59 years; 40.2%) and older adults (age 60 and over; 37.0%) than among younger adults (age 20–39; 32.3%).

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