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): 1723–1727.
- 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.
Last Revised: April 13, 2011
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