Obesity May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

Extra body fat puts you at risk of death from cardiovascular disease


Weight has become a central issue to the health and well-being of Americans. The overconsumption of high-calorie foods—often in supersized portions—combined with a sedentary lifestyle have resulted in 71.2% of U.S. adults accumulating excess pounds, according to the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease & Stroke Statistics 2023 Update. Of these overweight individuals, 41.4% have a body mass index (BMI) that classifies them as obese and 9.1% as severely obese.

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