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Published on Nov 20, 2013
March 11, 2009 Dr. Susan Roberts Human Nutrition Center on Aging, Tufts University
Obesity, overweight, and related medical problems remain at epidemic levels. Sixty-five percent of the adult population and 33% percent of children are classified as overweight or obese, and approximately 10% of total U.S. medical expenditures are for health problems related to excess weight. Thus, obesity reduction is an urgent national priority from the perspectives of both health and the economy. Weight reduction is also a personal priority for many Americans, with 51% of adults in national surveys reporting efforts to lose weight within the past year.
Dr. Roberts discusses effective and ineffective approaches to weight loss. She highlights widely used gimmicks associated with popular diets that are ineffective for weight loss and hamper individual efforts to prevent weight regain. This presentation focuses on individual decision-making and responsibility in making sensible food and activity choices for weight control.