Theresa A. Nicklas, DrPH, Professor of Pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine reported that the prevalence of obesity (body weight more than 20% greater than recommend for height and sex) in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. Obesity is now the most prevalent disease of children and young adults in the USA. Between 1980 and 1990 alone, the prevalence of obesity in US adults increased 40%. (This occurred in less than a generation and therefore cannot be ascribed to changes in genetics) About 55% of American adults are now considered either overweight or obese. The prevalence of obesity in children parallels that of adults. Among children aged 6 to 11, obesity has increased 54% since 1960 with a 40% increase among adolescents 12 to 17 years of age. Worrisome is the fact that obesity contributes to five of the leading causes of death in the USA: heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes.
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