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What percentage of Americans are overweight?

Overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions here in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007-2008), approximately 68 percent of American adults are now overweight or obese. This means, more than 72 million U.S. adults are obese and living a lower quality of life.

Since 1980, the number of overweight children in the Unites States has more than tripled. Approximately 9 million U.S. children and teens, aged 6-19 years, are now overweight.

Obesity is the number two cause of preventable death in the United States. Being overweight or obese not only decreases your quality of life, but also increases your risk of developing many chronic health conditions.

Weight control is a serious problem in the United States. About 66 percent of American adults are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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