Information About Obesity

Obesity (being extremely overweight) is not uncommon in the United States. An estimated two-thirds of American adults are considered overweight or obese -- and it's not just adults who are becoming dangerously overweight; obesity in children is also on the rise.
 
Many health problems are strongly linked to obesity. For example, among people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, 67 percent are overweight or obese and 46 percent are obese. Other conditions associated with obesity include:
 
If you are overweight, losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight may lower your risk for these (and several other) health conditions.
 
(Click Obesity Statistics for more information on this topic, including obesity trends, other health concerns related to obesity, and obesity's impact on the economy.)
 

Information About Obesity

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