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How common is obesity?

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How common is obesity and what exactly does that term mean?

Obesity affects between 5% and 10% of the population. Obesity means that a person is at least 20% or more above their ideal body weight. People within this category may have higher appropriate biologically determined set points that make it extremely difficult for them to stay within an average weight range. It should also be noted that certain endocrine disorders and genetic illnesses could lead to obesity.

With every passing year, the rate of obesity is going up. According to the CDC "Obesity is common. Healthy People 2020, which outlines the nation’s health goals for 2020, has set a target obesity prevalence of 30.6% for adults and 14.6% for children. However, according to the most recent NHANES data in 2009-2010, about 36% of U.S. adults ages 20 and over were obese, and about 17% of children ages 2-19 years old were obese. Additionally, some adult populations are more affected by obesity than others. Non-Hispanic blacks are most likely to be obese (44.1%), followed by Hispanics (37.9%) and nonHispanic whites (32.6%)."

Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of obesity. According to the Philadelphia Gov website, currently 32% of Philadelphian's are obese. Obesity is a cultural epidemic. The issue is greater than any one individual.

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