Obesity & Comorbidities

  • Obesity

    Obesity

    A color-enhanced computed tomography image demonstrating significant obesity with extensive subcutaneous fat (blue) around the abdomen.

  • Sleep apnea

    Sleep apnea

    Obese people are at increased risk for sleep apnea. Continuous positive airway pressure is the first-line treatment for obstructive sleep apnea in most people.

  • Cardiovascular disease

    Cardiovascular disease

    This colored angiogram shows femoral artery narrowing in the upper leg caused by atherosclerosis, for which obesity is a risk factor.

  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)

    Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)

    This biopsy shows fatty infiltration, ballooning degeneration of hepatocytes, and pericellular fibrosis in a patient with NASH, for which obesity is a risk factor .

  • Gastric banding

    Gastric banding

    This colored x-ray shows a gastric band (lower center right) fitted around the stomach of a 35-year-old to treat obesity by restricting the amount of food he can eat.

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Worldwide obesity prevalence has nearly doubled since 1980. As a result comorbidities associated with obesity have also skyrocketed.

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