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Obesity Prevention and Control

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  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
  • More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese (CDC) External Web Site Icon.
  • Approximately 300,000 deaths per year may be attributable to obesity (Office of the Surgeon General) External Web Site Icon.
  • The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars (Finkelstein et al., 2009).

Community Guide Systematic Reviews

The Community Guide conducted systematic reviews of interventions in the following areas:

References

Finkelstein EA, Trogdon JG, Cohen JW, Dietz W. Annual medical spending attributable to obesity: payer-and service-specific estimates. Health Affairs 2009;28(5):w822-31. Available at URL: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/28/5/w822.full.html.