OVERWEIGHT & OBESITY IN AMERICA

Why do overweight and obesity rates matter? On an individual level, being overweight or obese puts a person at higher risk of a range of health problems, including diabetes, stroke, heart disease, liver disease, arthritis, and a number of cancers (e.g., breast, colon, kidney, endometrial). On a societal level, higher rates of overweight and obesity in a population lead to, among other problems, higher health care costs and reduced productivity.

 

1. More than ____ out of ____ adults in the United States are considered to be overweight or obese.

 
 
 
 
 

2. About ____ out of ____ U.S. children and adolescents 6 to 19 years old are considered to be overweight or obese.

 
 
 
 
 

3. True or False? Women are more likely to be overweight.

 
 

4. Which among the following are most likely to be overweight or obese in the USA?

 
 
 
 
 

5. Since the early 1960s, obesity among U.S. adults has ____________.