Obesity is defined as having too much body fat. The problem is more than cosmetic, though, as obesity increases your risk of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure (hypertension).
The more obese you are, the more likely you are to have weight-related health problems. The good news is that even modest weight loss can lower your risk or prevent you from developing obesity-related health problems.
In the United States, approximately 65 percent of the adult population is classified as overweight or obese, while about 30 percent of adults – more than 60 million – are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
UT Southwestern Medical Center's Clinical Center for the Management of Obesity provides comprehensive treatment for weight loss and obesity.
UTSW researchers have demonstrated for the first time that the heart can regulate energy balance throughout the body, a finding that may point to more effective treatments for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.