Over the past two decades obesity rates in the United States have doubled for adults and nearly tripled for children. The direct costs of obesity are estimated to be approximately 7% of total health care costs in the United States (Colditz, 1999). Obesity has a greater impact on morbidity and disability than mortality, significantly increasing the number of unhealthy and potentially unproductive years of life. Although US government national health objectives for 2010 include reducing the obesity rate to less than 15%, recent obesity trends and current health data suggest the situation is not improving (Healthy People 2010).
|Title of host publication||Low-Cost Approaches to Promote Physical and Mental Health|
|Subtitle of host publication||Theory, Research, and Practice|
|Number of pages||14|
|ISBN (Print)||0387368981, 9780387368986|
|State||Published - 2007|