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Thomas D. Fahey & Michael W. Fahey

In: Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy

Chapter 25: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Obesity Epidemic: Issues, Policies, and Solutions (1960s–Present)

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Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Obesity Epidemic: Issues, Policies, and Solutions (1960s–Present)
Nutrition, physical activity, and the obesity epidemic: Issues, policies, and solutions (1960s–present)
Thomas D.Fahey and Michael W.Fahey

The United States is in the midst of an obesity epidemic, with more than two-thirds of the population either overweight or obese. Since 1960, the average American man's weight has increased from 166 to 191 pounds, and the average American woman's weight has increased from 140 to 164 pounds. The prevalence of obesity has increased from about 13 percent in 1960 to 35.7 percent in 2014. More than 68 percent of American adults are now overweight.1 Obesity rates finally leveled off in 2014, after a consistent increase since 1980. Even with this promising statistic, obesity rates exceed 30 ...

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