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Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile. According to the CDC, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. And the percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the U.S. who were obese in 2012 was near 18%. Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, pre-diabetes, bone and joint ailments, social issues and poor self esteem. These children are also more likely to become obese adults. The cycle continues as obese adults experience higher risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, stroke and osteoarthritis. A healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition and regular physical activity go a long way towards preventing the diseases associated with obesity.|Read Full Article

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