Obesity is a condition that can have wide-ranging effects on the physical, mental, and economic health of an individual. Contributors to obesity include an individual's environment and behavior (e.g., consumption of energy-dense foods and decreased physical activity), genetics, and socio-cultural networks. Obesity can cause social stigma and create strong emotional reactions, such as anger, fear, and depression. It also can affect the economic health of societies.

The Epidemic of Obesity

After a gradual but sustained increase, the prevalence of obesity in adults in the United ...

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