The obesity pandemic in the US
Obesity is epidemic in the United States, has been so for more than two decades, and continues to increase. The condition is rapidly becoming pan-demic worldwide (e.g., Egger and Swinburn, 1997; Kimm and Obarzanek, 2002; Roth et al., 2004). Current rates of overweight in the US are 61% and 14% in adults and children respectively. Obesity in adults has nearly doubled since 1980, from 15% in 1980 to 27% by 1999 (Welman and Friedberg, 2002). Childhood overweight is rapidly rising in the US, particularly among African Americans and Hispanics. By 1998 prevalence increased to 21.5% in African Americans, 21.8% among Hispanics, and 12.3% among non-Hispanic whites aged 4 to 12 years (Strauss and Pollack, 2001).
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