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Prim Care. 2016 Mar;43(1):121-35, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2015.10.001. Epub 2016 Jan 12.

Obesity Statistics.

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Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, University of Florida, 200 Southwest 62nd Boulevard, Suite D, Gainesville, FL 32607, USA. Electronic address:
Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, University of Florida, 3450 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA.


Obesity is a chronic disease that is strongly associated with an increase in mortality and morbidity including, certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, disability, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and stroke. In adults, overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 kg/m(2) to 29 kg/m(2) and obesity as a BMI of greater than 30 kg/m(2). If current trends continue, it is estimated that, by the year 2030, 38% of the world's adult population will be overweight and another 20% obese. Significant global health strategies must reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with the obesity epidemic.


Epidemiology of obesity; Obesity; Obesity epidemic; Obesity in adults; Obesity in children and adolescent

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