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Question: How common is obesity?


Obesity is now thought to be one of the leading health disorders in the United States. Its prevalence has increased dramatically and it is now estimated that approximately one third of the U.S. population is obese (BMI > 30). The prevalence is higher in ethnic minorities and is rapidly increasing in children and adolescents.

Reference: Larson PR, et al: Williams Textbook of Endocrinology, 10th ed. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 2003.

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