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Weighing in on the Obesity Epidemic

Author: Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, UI Vice President of Medical Affairs and Dean, UI Carver College of Medicine

Publication: Iowa Medicine 2018:108/3:39-41

Sixty years ago, people were remarkably thinner. Data from 1960 show that 13 percent of adult Americans were obese, compared to 39 percent today. Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and health care costs in the U.S., with the total estimated cost of the obesity epidemic ranging from $147 to $210 billion per year, including the cost of absenteeism and reduced productivity. The gene pool of humans has not changed. So, what accounts for this difference? Read full article