Garcia, Victor F.
February 2005
Fitness Factor: The Importance of Physical Activity & Exercise;2005, p7
This article provides information on the prevalence of obesity in the U.S. Obesity is a chronic and often-fatal disease that accounts for 400,000 deaths each year. It is second only to smoking as a cause of premature death in the U.S. People suffering from obesity need understanding, support and medical assistance. Childhood obesity increases the risk for poor health in adulthood and premature death. Depression, diabetes, asthma, gallstones, orthopedic diseases and other obesity-related conditions are all on the rise in children.


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