Obesity is an epidemic. More than 60 million Americans are considered overweight or obese. Weight-associated illnesses costs the American health-care system approximately $30 billion a year. Hundreds of thousands of people die each year from obesity-related disorders.
Weight issues are frequently discussed during patient visits. Patients who are overweight may suffer from fatigue, joint pains, shortness of breath or depression. Severe obesity has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and stroke.