A closer look at the complex causal factors leading to obesity is of value in explaining the widely noted social trend toward what has been called “passive obesity” or the act of becoming heavier simply by living in our world today. Of particular concern is the rising obesity rate within the U.S. pediatric population and those of lower socioeconomic status. At the same time, there is reason to believe that small steps to arrest the trend may be effective. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported that there has been no change in obesity among adults in the United States between 2003 and 2004, and 2005 and 2006. This plateau, while promising, does not reflect results for the population as a whole but ...

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