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Obesity

Obesity is a term used to describe people with too much body fat. Being obese differs from being overweight, which mean you weigh too much.

Obesity occurs gradually as you eat more calories than you burn. The right amount of calories is different for each person and his or her individual body type.

Many factors impact obesity. What you eat, how much you eat, how physically active you are, and your genetic make-up play a role. Other health conditions, medicines, socioeconomic factors, your emotions, sleep habits, smoking and your environment all impact your lifestyle and can lead to obesity.

Body mass index (BMI) is used to measure obesity. It is a measure of your weight in relation to your height. You are considered obese if your BMI is greater than 30. If your BMI is above 35, you are severely obese. In children, obesity is indicated by a BMI greater than the 95th percentile on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention growth charts.

Obesity is a chronic life-threatening disease that results in many serious health conditions, including coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, increased risk for certain cancers, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, breathing problems and gall stones.

The longer you remain obese, the more likely it is that other serious health conditions will result. At Indiana University Health, we are experts in finding the right weight loss program for your individual needs. We make a thorough assessment of your overall health and mental state. We spend time educating you about your surgical and non-surgical options. And we consult with the physicians who are treating any other health conditions you may have, to make the best decision for you.

Our program addresses all facets of obesity—the causes, prevention and treatment. Our affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine powers our advanced care model.

We have access to the latest research into the connection between obesity and diabetes in adults through two centers: the Center for Diabetes Research and the Diabetes Translational Research Center, both at the IU School of Medicine.

The Krannert Institute of Cardiology is investigating the role of certain cells in cardiovascular disease, including the disorders of obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Several research studies underway at the IU Health Riley Hospital for Children are studying how obesity impacts diabetes in children.

At IU Health, we are actively involved in working with the community to prevent obesity through several distinct efforts.

There are many approaches to treating obesity. The expert physicians at IU Health are recognized by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric surgery for their demonstrated track record in helping adult patients control their weight. 

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Obesity Treatment Information

We use a variety of treatments, including surgery, counseling and lifestyle changes, to teach you to control and manage your weight and minimize the other health problems obesity can create. At IU Health, we empower and support you to improve your quality of life.


Obesity Locations & Physicians

Use the search options below to find treatments available in your area. 

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Obesity Support Services

Learn more about obesity treatments and services at these websites: