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Weight Management and Obesity by Courtney Winston Paolicelli

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Chapter 2

Epidemiology and Health Consequences of Obesity

The prevalence of overweight and obesity among industrialized nations such as the United States has been increasing over the past several decades. In turn, this has led to higher rates of chronic disease and increased health care costs. Clinicians must understand the epidemiology of overweight and obesity in order to properly articulate the associated risks of these conditions. This chapter will focus on the history of the current American obesity epidemic, its associated health consequences, and how it is impacting the lives of those diagnosed with these conditions.

Obesity Prevalence

In the 1970s, the United States began conducting mass surveillance of Americans’ health and nutrition ...

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