Obesity Prevention and Control
- Overweight and obesity have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems, and are important concerns for adults, children, and adolescents in the United States.
- An estimated 26.7 percent of adults in the United States reported being obese in 2009, up 1.1 percentage points since 2007 (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) .
- Approximately 300,000 deaths per year may be attributable to obesity (Office of the Surgeon General) .
- In 2008, the annual healthcare cost of obesity in the US was estimated to be as high as 147 billion dollars a year (Finkelstein 2009).
Community Guide Systematic Reviews
The Community Guide conducted systematic reviews of interventions in the following areas: