Since 1980, the prevalence of obesity in adolescents has more than tripled. The latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data from 2003 to 2006 shows that 17.6% of adolescents ages 12–19 have obesity, compared to only 5% in the 1976–1980 survey. There are racial disparities, with Hispanics and African-Americans being affected more than Caucasians. This epidemic is now recognized as a national crisis, with significant health consequences and financial burdens.
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