Obesity is a national epidemic and is not limited to adults. Almost one-third of the adult population in the U.S. is obese and about 15% off children are obese. It is caused by eating too much food and getting too little exercise.
Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. People are considered as obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of the person's height in metres, exceeds 30 kg/m. Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, osteoarthritis and asthma. Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive food energy intake, lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility, although a few cases are caused primarily by genes, endocrine disorders, medications or psychiatric illness.
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Obesity usually results from consuming too many calories and not burning enough...
More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese.