Exploration of Obesity and Multimorbidity at a Single Academic Institution.

In the US, overweight and obese adults account for more than two-thirds of the total population. Obesity has been established as a risk factor in many chronic conditions; and chronic conditions account for seven out of the top 10 leading causes of death and disability in the US. Multimorbidity occurs when a patient has two or more chronic conditions at the same time (without a single predominant condition). Research has established obesity as a risk factor for many chronic conditions; however, little is known about the co-occurrence of these conditions and the role that obesity plays. This ongoing research is an exploration into obesity and multimorbidity; using data from a single academic institution to gain a better understanding of the incidence and the relationship between obesity and multiple co-occurring chronic conditions.