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One in three people in the U.S are overweight, and one in three are obese between the ages of 20-74 years. The difference between being overweight and obese is the weight of the person compared to their height, which is called their body mass index (BMI). A person with a BMI to 25 is normal weight, 25 to 30 is overweight, and 30 to 35 is obese. Childhood obesity is posing an increasing problem as children increase their food intake and decrease their level of activity, resulting in chronic adult diseases at a much earlier age. Some of the complications of obesity include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke, cancer (colon, esophagus, kidney, uterus and breast), fatty liver disease, sleeping disturbances, gallstones, and osteoarthritis.

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Date: 8 January 2006

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