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What is Obesity?

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It’s gut-check time.

Overweight and obesity, especially among children, have emerged as serious threats
to our nation’s health. They have risen rapidly among women, men and children of all
racial and ethnic groups. And this trend is projected to continue.

A balanced eating plan and regular physical activity are the building blocks of good health. Poor eating habits and physical inactivity may lead to overweight and related health problems. By eating right and being active, you may reach or maintain a healthy weight. You may also improve your physical health, mental well-being, and set an example for others.
This fact sheet offers strategies to help you improve your eating and physical activity habits. Whether you feel like change is a world away or just around the corner, the information here can help you get started.
Choosing a weight-loss program may be difficult. You may not know what to look for in a weight-loss program or what questions to ask. This fact sheet can help.
Recommended community strategies and measurements to prevent obesity in the United States.
What are the risks from being overweight? This fact sheet will guide you through them.
Being healthy and active can help give you the energy to keep up with the demands of your busy life, take better care of yourself, and be there for the people who depend on you.
The Endocrine Society weighs in.
file icon Obesity at-a-Glance 2009hot!Tooltip 07/19/2010 Hits: 2050
By the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
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