Epidemiology and Discrimination in Obesity

  • R. Armour ForseEmail author
  • Monica M. Betancourt-Garcia
  • Michelle Cordoba Kissee


Obesity is a growing epidemic, with 33% of the world’s population being overweight or obese. The epidemic is posing great economic and social challenges to many countries and is already a major political factor. Through a comprehensive review of the literature and global statistics, we describe the obesity epidemic, the responsible dynamics, and the associated disparities and discrimination. Only through a better understanding of the scope and forces behind this global health burden can we better guide the necessary prevention and treatment.


Obesity Disparities BMI Childhood obesity Epidemiology Stigmatization Awareness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Armour Forse
    • 1
    Email author
  • Monica M. Betancourt-Garcia
    • 2
  • Michelle Cordoba Kissee
    • 3
  1. 1.DHR Health Institute for Education and Innovation, DHR Health System, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Texas Rio Grande ValleyEdinburgUSA
  2. 2.DHR Health Institute for Research and DevelopmentDHR Health SystemEdinburgUSA
  3. 3.Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Bariatrics, DHR Health SystemUniversity of Texas Rio Grande ValleyEdinburgUSA

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