Epidemiology and economic impact of obesity and type 2 diabetes

Hazem Shamseddeen, Jorge Zelada Getty, Isam N. Hamdallah, Mohamed R. Ali

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Obesity has become a major public health concern in the United States and the rest of the world. This disease carries significant health risks that encompass several organ systems. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a major comorbidity of obesity that predisposes patients to significant end-organ damage. The prevalence of obesity and diabetes is increasing worldwide, and the economic impact of these diseases currently assumes a significant portion of health care expenditure. These factors mandate implementation of therapeutic medical and surgical strategies that target prevention and treatment of obesity and its related medical conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1163-1172
Number of pages10
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Bariatric surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Epidemic
  • Morbid obesity
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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