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Target: To Reduce Obesity to 15 percent of US adults in 10 years

Obesity and excess weight gain are public health concerns because they are associated with a number of co-morbid conditions that compromise health. Obesity is negatively associated with diabetes, dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, gallstones, and sleep apnea.

According to data from the 1999 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 61 percent of American adults are overweight or obese - a 5 percent increase in prevalence since 1994. In response to this trend, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has expanded its 2010 health objectives to include a goal of reducing the prevalence of obesity to less than 15 percent among U.S. adults over the next decade.

If this goal is to be achieved, health care professionals must aggressively target excess weight gain and obesity, help their patients learn more about the health risks associated with excess weight, and help patients understand how to prevent and manage obesity. Pharmaceutical care services centered on nutrition and weight loss can be an important component of this strategy.

Source: Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association 2002

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