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Clinical Obesity and Receiving Social Security Disability

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What does clinical obesity mean? What is it? Obesity means having too much body fat. It is not the same as being overweight because weighing too much can come from muscle, bone, fat and/or body water. Both of the terms mean that your weight is more than what is considered healthy for your height. There is a definition for clinical obesity. It is defined by weighing more than 100lbs. over what is considered to be your ideal weight. There are several ways that you may be affected by clinical obesity. Some of these are: §  Sleep apnea §  Always feeling hot §  Snoring §  Excessive sweating §  Daytime sleepiness or fatigue §  Rashes or infection in folds of your skin §  Difficulty sleeping §  Pain in your joints or back §  Depression §  Feeling out of breath with minor exertion. You may say, “I’ve always been overweight. Why should I worry or do anything about it.” There are many dangerous risks and complications that you face with clinical obesity. Around 300,000 deaths each year in America are directly related to obesity. Clinical obesity can affect you or contribute to you developing many debilitating diseases and conditions. Some of the many chronic diseases and conditions that clinical obesity increases your risk of developing are: §  Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes §  High blood pressure §  High cholesterol §  Heart attack §  Congestive heart failure §  Stroke §  Gout §  Gallstones §  Osteoarthritis §  Sleep apnea §  Pickwickian syndrome §  Certain types of cancer. As you can see, the complications resulting from or being associated with clinical obesity can be incapacitating. In fact, clinical obesity and related conditions may be why you or a loved one is not able to work. It may be why you are disabled. If this is true, you or your loved one may need help. You may need financial assistance. Who can and will help you? Where will the financial assistance come from? Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by clinical obesity and/or complications resulting from or associated with this condition? Were you or your loved one denied by the Social Security Administration? You or your loved one may be planning on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration. If this is what you decide to do, here is something that you need to think about. You will need a good disability lawyer like the one that you will find at to advise you in what can be a long and trying process. The reason why this is true is because people who have a knowledgeable disability attorney on their side are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer.