Treat Obesity Like the Chronic Disease it Is
Obesity is a common, chronic, and progressive disease with many medical, physical, and psychosocial issues, including a significant increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Over 85 percent of people with type 2 diabetes have overweight or obesity.
Research shows people with type 1 diabetes are also at a growing risk for obesity and related health conditions. Obesity is linked to heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. These are among the leading causes of preventable, premature death. Across the United States, obesity trends are on the rise for children and adults with almost 20 percent of children and adolescents and over 40 percent adults having obesity.