What Is Obesity?



According to the 2003-2004 National Center for Health Statistics survey, almost one-third of American adults are considered obese. If the patterns of the past 20 years continue, that percentage will continue to grow. Obesity is a difficult condition to deal with, but it can be curbed or even prevented with lifestyle changes, especially where diet and physical activity are concerned. The Internet has many resources to help you research, understand, and eventually prevent or control obesity. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

What Is Obesity?

Any amount of extra fat that your body has to carry can be harmful to your health, but your health is at much greater risk if you reach the point of obesity. Educating yourself about what obesity is is the first step toward preventing or controlling it in your own (or your child's) life. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • On many Web sites, advertisements are tailored to the audience based on the content being viewed. When viewing content about obesity on sites other than the ones listed below, you may see advertisements for weight-loss solutions, quick fixes, diet pills, or other products designed to control obesity. Be very cautious of any drug, product, or other online weight-loss system and make sure that you check with a physician about potential dangers before you buy any product or system.

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