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Medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems

  • 1 in 3 Americans is obese.
  • Obese people sit for 2.5 more hours per day than thin people.
  • Obesity in US doubled between 1980 and 2000.
  • The Body Mass Index determines if a person is obese or not. A person is obese if their BMI is over 30 kg/m2.
  • Dieting and physical exercise are the most common treatment for obesity.
  • It is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide. It is the second most cause for death, next to tobacco.
  • As many as 1 million die of obesity in Europe every year.
  • Airlines spent $275 million on 350 million additional gallons of fuel in 2000 to compensate for the additional weight of their passengers.
  • Duke University Medical Center found that women and men who lost 10% of their total body weight reported a significant improvement in their sexual quality of life.
  • Obesity can sleep loss, and vice-versa and hence is a vicious cycle.
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