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Obesity: America’s Epidemic: What goes up does not always come down. Is there a solution?

Daniels, Judi PhD, ARNP

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: January 2006 - Volume 106 - Issue 1 - p 40-49
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The health risks of overweight and obesity have been well documented. For example, even a 15-lb. weight gain increases a person’s risk of diabetes by 50%. In turn, losing as little as 11 lbs. can reduce a person’s risk of diabetes by the same percentage. Why, then, aren’t more Americans losing weight? This article explores the rising incidence of overweight and obesity in the United States, the reasons so many people fail to lose weight or maintain a weight loss, and the potential for nurses to turn the tide on this epidemic.

The health risks of overweight and obesity have been well documented. For example, even a 15-lb. weight gain increases a person’s risk of diabetes by 50%. Why, then, aren’t more Americans losing weight and keeping it off?

Judi Daniels is a practicing family nurse practitioner and a professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Nursing in Lexington. Contact author: judidaniels@msn.com.

The author of this article has no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

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