Obesity Trends in the United States

January 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Kelly Dillard, a former member of the University of North Texas dance team who continues to maintain an active lifestyle, is a psychology student concerned about the effects of obesity on American health. Kelly Dillard intends to become a clinical health psychologist and work with patients both before and after they undergo weight loss surgery.

Obesity can be a dangerous problem. People carrying extra weight are often at greater risk for heart disease and other health problems, including diabetes. The Nutrition Source, a publication from the Harvard School of Public Health, recently focused on the rise of obesity in the United States. In 1990, less than 15 percent of the adult population in America was obese; just 20 years later, more than half of American states had obesity rates of 25 percent or higher. Presently, two out of three adults are classified as overweight or obese. Additionally, obesity is a growing problem for children and adolescents – one out of three is considered overweight or obese.

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