Most health professionals say that
obesity is an epidemic. In the United States, 30% of
the population are obese, and 65% are overweight or obese. Obesity in the adult
population has doubled since 1980.1
Certain groups are affected more than others:2
Flegal MK, et al. (2002). Prevalence and trends in
obesity among U.S. adults, 1999–2000. JAMA, 288(14):
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2001).
The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. Available online: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/obesity.
April 13, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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