Excess body weight places a great strain on nearly all domains of the body’s functions. As the trend of obesity remains unchecked, clinicians will continue to see issues associated with obesity — often the result of superficial physiologic reactions to the presence of excess fatty tissue as well as underlying pathophysiologic changes associated with increased adipose fat.

Obesity has many cutaneous manifestations, including striae, intertrigo, plantar hyperkeratosis, lymphedema, acanthosis nigricans, and a greater risk for skin infections and melanoma. It also contributes to inflammatory dermatologic conditions such as psoriasis and poor wound healing.