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Obesity Takes Greater Than Ever Toll on Global Health

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  • One in 5 American deaths is associated with obesity and more than 5 in 10 Americans struggle with chronic illness. As of 2014, the obesity rate among adults over the age of 20 was just shy of 38 percent
  • Since 1980, childhood obesity rates have tripled in the U.S., the rate of obese teens has quadrupled from 5 to 20.5 percent and nearly 9 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds are now obese
  • The global obesity rate among adults is now estimated to be 1 in 10, or 1 in 12, depending on the source. When you factor in those who are overweight but not obese, 3 in 10 are affected

By Dr. Mercola

According to research published in 2013, 1 in 5 American deaths is associated with obesity, and the younger you are, the greater obesity's influence on your mortality. Considering one-third of American children between the ages of 2 and 19 are now overweight or obese, chronic disease and mortality rates will likely climb dramatically in coming decades as the health of these youths begins to fail.


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