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An Epidemic Of Obesity

Obesity is epidemic in the United States. The number of overweight and obese Americans has grown at a disturbing rate, especially over the past few years, to the point where today more Americans are overweight than are normal weight. In fact, over sixty percent of Americans are now considered to be overweight, with over 30 percent of the population considered to be obese (e.g., overweight by more than 20-30% of recommended weight). These numbers describe a tragic public health situation. Being overweight increases a person's risk of serious illness. A very large (and growing) percentage of citizens are at increased risk for developing serious chronic diseases, and face the prospect of early disability or death as the result of being overweight. Meanwhile the entire society struggles under the burden of the resulting increase in health care costs.

This document concerns weight loss, an issue perpetually on many people's minds. Most everyone wants to be slim and toned, but the reality is that it is far easier to gain weight than to lose it. In the following pages causes of weight gain are reviewed, along with numerous reasons why people should devote the effort necessary to reduce their weight to recommended levels. Having provided motivation for a weight loss program, we conclude with a survey of weight loss methods, and suggestions for achieving permanent healthy weight loss.  Get started now by turning the page....

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