Weight loss
and obesity

You’re far from alone.

Obesity is a struggle for many Americans. While the burden of obesity can feel isolating, the experiences of those touched by obesity are common.

An average of

of Americans,
age 20 and older
live with obesity.1

     Obesity’s far-reaching impact

Know your risk for obesity.
Calculate your body mass index (BMI).

Obesity plays a critical role in your overall health. If left untreated, obesity increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, joint pain, and kidney disease.2 Beyond physical health risks, obesity can negatively impact self-esteem and quality of life.

The longer you live with obesity, the greater the risk of health issues down the line. Your benchmark for wellness begins with your BMI. That’s why knowing your BMI matters.

Adult BMI calculator

BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. A higher BMI may put you at risk for weight related health problems.


Your BMI is 40.0 which indicates you're in the obese category.Please consult your doctor to discuss your results and potential weight loss treatment options.

The causes and complexity of obesity

Obesity is a complex disease that is often misunderstood. Society tells us simple lifestyle changes can manage our weight and move the scale. But the science of obesity tells us there are causes for this disease that are outside of our control.3

How your body manages weight can be difficult to understand. Obesity is more complex than a simple balance of exercise and caloric intake.4 While diet is an important contributing factor to obesity, genetics and behavior can make certain individuals more susceptible to obesity. And that complication makes it harder to treat with lifestyle choices alone. Weight loss success often isn’t a one-and-done approach. Americans make many attempts at weight loss before finding the help that can make a difference.5

A weight journey — one person’s weight loss surgery story

Be inspired by Sabrina's story.

“Over the past month, I’ve lost 27 pounds. I guess the best part is I’m gonna get to shop for some new clothes. That’s going to be really exciting over the next few months.”

The opinions expressed in this video are those of the patient and are not indicative of any other party. This video is provided for general education purposes only and should not be the exclusive source for this type of information. 

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Learn if your insurance will pay for weight loss surgery. And talk with a doctor about your weight loss treatment options.

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National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2020. CDC Website. Published July 2020.


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Health risks of overweight & obesity. NIH website. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/adult-overweight-obesity/health-risks. Updated Feb. 2018.


National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). What causes obesity & overweight? NIH website. https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/obesity/conditioninfo/cause. Updated July 2021. Accessed Nov. 2021.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adult Obesity Causes & Consequences. CDC website. https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes.html. Updated Mar 2021.


Talishinskiy T, Blatt M, Nyirenda T, Eid S, Schmidt H, Ewing D. Insurance-Mandated Medical Weight Management Programs in Sleeve Gastrectomy Patients Do Not Improve Postoperative Weight Loss Outcomes at 1 Year. Obes Surg 2020. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11695-020-04692-0.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

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