The Obesity Epidemic
An estimated 41.9% of Americans are considered obese, putting them at significant risk of a variety of metabolic conditions as well as cancer.1 Although widely considered a personal and moral failure based on the “calories in/calories out” hypothesis, a growing body of evidence shows that obesity is more complex and is, instead, the culmination of numerous environmental, genetic, hormonal, and developmental factors.2
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adult Obesity Facts. Accessed June 26, 2023, https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
- Hruby A, Hu FB. The epidemiology of obesity: A big picture. Pharmacoeconomics. 2015;33:673-89.