The Serious Implications of Obesity

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With obesity comes serious health, economic, and social consequences. Systems4PT explains these implications and the realities of obesity in the United States.

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The Serious Implications of Obesity

  1. 1. The Serious Implications of Obesity
  2. 2. Physical therapy billing Obesity (noun) A complex health disorder where a person suffers from an excessive amount of body fat.
  3. 3. Physical therapy billing In the United States, studies have shown that more than 2/3 of adults are obese!
  4. 4. Physical therapy billing Obesity is determined by calculating the person’s body mass index by dividing their weight by their height squared. BMI Classification 30-34.9 Class I Obesity 35-39.9 Class II Obesity 40+ Class III Obesity
  5. 5. Physical therapy billing SO, WHAT ARE THE SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS OF OBESITY? Health Economic Social
  6. 6. Physical therapy billing HEALTH IMPLICATIONSObesity is linked to many health issues.
  7. 7. Physical therapy billing Most common health risks concerning obesity: • Stroke • Heart Attack • Type II Diabetes • Hypertension • Cancer (Breast, Colon, Kidney, Esophagus, Gallbladder, Pancreas, Thyroid) • Liver Disease • Gastrointestinal Problems • Urological and Reproductive Problems • Respiratory Distress • Depression • Anxiety • Low-Self Esteem
  8. 8. Physical therapy billing Financial and health issues are closely linked together. ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS
  9. 9. Physical therapy billing HEALTH ISSUES = HOSPITAL BILLS + DOCTOR’S FEES + MEDICINE COSTS
  10. 10. Physical therapy billing After hospitalization and/or post surgery care, most patients will need further treatment and physical therapy billing. Indirect costs can include the loss of compensation for missed work days.
  11. 11. Physical therapy billing Social consequences of obesity have a negative effect on individuals. SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
  12. 12. Physical therapy billing Social implications of obesity are more common in obese children, including: • Bullying • Discrimination • Prejudice
  13. 13. Physical therapy billing Men vs. Women Women are more vulnerable to weight-based stigma, which can lead to harsh eating disorders (anorexia or bulimia). The effect that obesity has on different sexes is very apparent in the workplace. For example: obese males are more likely to be hired over obese female applicants because women are viewed as being less reliable, less dependable, and less honest.
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