About 12 million (16.3%) of U.S. children ages 2 to 19 are obese.
Nearly one in three (31.9%) U.S. children (23,500,000) ages 2 to 19 areoverweight or obese.
Nearly one-third (32.9%) of U.S. adults are obese (nearly 72 million adults).
Your healthiest weight
Everyone needs a goal and we need positive reasons to achieve those goals.Even taking off a few pounds can provide you with cardiovascular benefits, so every step in the right direction is a step toward healthier living. Consider these reasons to work toward maintaining ahealthy weight.
When your weight is in a healthy range:
Your body more effectively circulates blood
Your fluid levels are more easily managed
You are less likely to develop diabetes, heartdisease, certain cancers and sleep apnea.
Obesity is defined simply as too much body fat. Your body is made up of water, fat, protein, carbohydrate and various vitamins and minerals. If you have toomuch fat — especially around your waist — you're at higher risk for health problems, including high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
raises bloodcholesterol and triglyceride levels.
lowers HDL "good" cholesterol. HDL cholesterol is linked with lower heart disease and stroke risk, so reducing it tends to raise the risk.
raises blood pressure levels.can induce diabetes. In some people, diabetes makes these other risk factors much worse. The danger of heart attack is especially high for these people.
Even when there are no adverse effects on...