OBESITY: By the Numbers

Obesity is no longer considered a cosmetic issue that is caused by overeating and a lack of self-control. The World Health Organization (W.H.O.), the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists A.A.C.E.), the American Medical Association (A.M.A.) and other national and international medical and scientific societies now recognize obesity as a chronic, progressive disease resulting from multiple environmental, physiological and genetic factors. Still, the sobering statistics don’t lie: overweight and obesity are taking a huge toll on the bodies and pocketbooks of America.

Obesity by the numbers