The Prevalence of Obesity is Rising

Published on: October 04, 2023. Updated on: October 05, 2023.

Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight the growing prevalence of obesity and the need for comprehensive prevention and treatment strategies. Obesity is a chronic disease impacted by social determinants of health. Wealth inequality is also considered a contributing factor to obesity in the United States. Many people of color are at increased risk of obesity. Additionally, there are efforts to address weight stigma to improve prevention and screening. Recent data indicate 17% of children from the ages 10 to 17 are affected by obesity. Obesity rates are higher for Black, Hispanic, and multiracial children as well as people who live in lower-income households.

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  • Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. (21 September 2023).

  • Press Release - Adult Obesity Prevalence Remains High; Support for Prevention and Treatment Needed. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (21 September 2023).

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