Our waistlines are expanding. More than one-third of adults in the United States—in excess of 72 million individuals—were obese in 2005–06, and the prevalence of adult obesity doubled between 1980–2004, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Ogden et al., 2007). They reported that the prevalence among men was 31.1% in 2003–04 and 33.3% in 2005–06. Among women, it was 33.2% in 2003–04 and 35.3% in 2005–06. While the 2003–04 and 2005–06 numbers are not statisti…

Combating Obesity

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