The obesity pandemic in the US

  • Rodrick WallaceEmail author
  • Deborah Wallace


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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© Springer-Verlag New York 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of EpidemiologyNew York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.New YorkUSA

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