How Living With Obesity or Overweight Can Affect Your Health

How Living With Obesity or Overweight Can Affect Your Health


This podcast episode is for people who are living with obesity or overweight, or anyone who's interested in learning more about your weight and your health. The goal of this episode to help people talk to and work with their doctors about their weight and health.

You will learn about:

  • What living with obesity and overweight mean

  • The biology behind weight loss and gain

  • How your weight can affect your health

  • Other health conditions that may happen when you're living with obesity or overweight

  • Talking to your doctor about your weight

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How Living With Obesity or Overweight Can Affect Your Health

Your weight is about more than just your diet and how much exercise you get. Obesity is a complex health condition, and there are several factors that can affect if someone is living with obesity or overweight. And these factors can be different for different people.

But because living with obesity can increase your risk of several serious health conditions -- such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancers -- talking to and working with your doctor and healthcare team about your weight is important. Together, you can make a treatment plan that's individualized for you to help you lose weight, if needed, and maintain a healthy weight.

Drs Donna Ryan and Amanda Velazquez talk about what they think everyone should know about their weight and their health.

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Authors and Disclosures


Donna H. Ryan, MD

Professor EmeritaPennington Biomedical Research CenterBaton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Donna H. Ryan, MD, has the following relevant financial relationships:Consultant or advisor for: Altimmune; Amgen; Boehringer Ingelheim; Calibrate; Carmot; Epitmoee; Gila Therapeutics; ifa Celtic; Lilly; Novo Nordisk; real appeal (United Health); Scientific Intake; Wondr Health; Xeno Bioscience; Ysopia; Zealand.Speaker or member of speakers bureau for: Academy of Continued Healthcare Learning; Continuing Ed Co.; Encore Meded; Medflix; Medical Learning Institute; Novo Nordisk; Peerview; Peer Voice; Potomac Center for MedEd; PSL group; Tarsus Cardio; Vindico.Stock options from: Calibrate; Epitomee; Roman; Scientific Intake.Other: Data Safety Monitoring Board for IQVIA.

Amanda Velazquez, MD, DABOM

Acting Assistant Professor of Medicine and SurgeryDirector of Obesity MedicineDepartment of SurgeryCedars-Sinai Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Health at Cedars SinaiLos Angeles, California.

Amanda Velazquez, MD, DABOM, has no relevant financial relationships.


Anita A. Galdieri, PharmD, RPh

Associate Director, Content Development. Medscape, LLC.

Anita A. Galdieri, PharmD, RPh, has no relevant financial relationships.


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