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Obesity, Activity, and Nutrition
Overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions among Americans and result in an enormous toll of death, disease, disability, and reduced quality of life.


The CDC estimates that obesity is associated with 112,000 deaths each year. People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, respiratory problems, reproductive complications, and depression. Poor diet and physical inactivity are major causes of overweight and obesity.
  • 65% of adults are overweight or obese. This compares to 47% of adults who were overweight or obese in 1980.
  • Among youths aged 12–19 years, the prevalence of overweight more than tripled between 1980 and 2002, increasing from 5 percent to 16 percent.
  • Medical spending attributable to obesity is estimated to be $147 billion (2008).
  • The average annual health care costs for adults who are obese are 36% higher than for normal weight individuals.
Partnership for Prevention Resources

Government Resources

  • National Diabetes Education Program
    • Power to Prevent: A Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes Prevention — A toolkit for health educators working with African Americans at risk for diabetes. Aims to prevent diabetes through lifestyle changes in diet and physical activity. Developed out of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).
    • The Road to Health Toolkit — A toolkit for community health workers who work with African American and Latino/Hispanic populations at risk for diabetes. Promotes diabetes prevention through lifestyle changes in diet and physical activity.