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An Epidemic Of Obesity

Obesity is epidemic in the United States. The number of overweight and obese Americans has grown at a disturbing rate, especially over the past few years, to the point where today more Americans are overweight than are normal weight. In fact, over sixty percent of Americans are now considered to be overweight, with over 30 percent of the population considered to be obese (e.g., overweight by more than 20-30% of recommended weight). These numbers describe a tragic public health situation. Being overweight increases a person's risk of serious illness. A very large (and growing) percentage of citizens are at increased risk for developing serious chronic diseases, and face the prospect of early disability or death as the result of being overweight. Meanwhile the entire society struggles under the burden of the resulting increase in health care costs.

This document concerns weight loss, an issue perpetually on many people's minds. Most everyone wants to be slim and toned, but the reality is that it is far easier to gain weight than to lose it. In the following pages causes of weight gain are reviewed, along with numerous reasons why people should devote the effort necessary to reduce their weight to recommended levels. Having provided motivation for a weight loss program, we conclude with a survey of weight loss methods, and suggestions for achieving permanent healthy weight loss.  Get started now by turning the page....

 

 
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Too Little Vitamin D May Add to Obesity's Burden
Obesity-Related Enzyme Targeted in Mouse Study
Review: Bariatric Surgery Cuts Cardiovascular Disease, Death
How You Digest Carbs May Influence Weight Gain, Study Says
The Morning Light May Help You Stay Slim
More Evidence Weight-Loss Surgery Helps People With Diabetes
Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Risk for Heart Attack, Death: Study
'Grazing' Appears No Better for Weight Loss Than Standard Meals
SGO: Bariatric Surgery Linked to Reduced Uterine Cancer Risk
Genes May Influence Weight Gain From Fried Foods: Study
Water Myths Revisited, From Weight Loss to Hydration
Weight Loss May Boost Success of Joint-Replacement Surgery
Wider Waistline May Mean Shorter Lifespan: Study
Health Tip: Limit Food Portions
Scientists Spot New Obesity Gene
Average Obese Woman Gets Just 1 Hour of Exercise a Year: Study
A Judgmental Doctor May Make It Hard to Lose Weight
Sustained Weight Loss Prevents Sleep Apnea Progression
Want to Keep the Weight Off? Weekday Meals May Be Key
Dietary Counseling Has Little Effect After Gastric Bypass
New Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Ease Chronic Heartburn
Shivering, Like Exercise, May Help Boost Weight Loss
Scientists ID New Genes Linked to Belly Fat
Could Turning Down the Thermostat Help You Lose Weight?
Health Tip: Losing Weight? Reduce Your Risk of Gallstones
No Proof That 'Blood-Type' Diets Work: Study
Truck Drivers Top List of Overweight Workers
Do Diet Drinks Make You Eat More?
Obesity May Shorten Lives By Almost 4 Years: Study
Media Focus on Obesity May Backfire for Some Women
Weight Stigma May Have Negative Consequences
Humans, Other Primates Burn Fewer Calories Than Other Mammals
Women More Open to Weight-Loss Surgery
Food Companies Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories From Supermarket Shelves: Report
Experts Say Paleo Diet Is Worst, DASH Diet Is Best
Whites More Likely to Undergo Weight-Loss Surgery: Study
Slower Eating Reduces Hunger but Not Necessarily Intake
Slow Eating Might Help Curb Calories
Black Women Lose Less Weight Despite Similar Dieting, Exercise
Take Talk of Weight Off the Holiday Menu
Weight Loss Provides Lasting Cardiometabolic Benefit
Study: Black Women Lose Less Weight Than White Women on Same Diet
Review Finds Weight-Loss Surgery Safe and Effective
Ear Acupuncture May Hold Promise for Weight Loss
Health Tip: Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
Exercise May Not Stave Off Holiday Weight Gain
Might Stomach Artery Treatment Be Future Weight-Loss Tool?
 
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