Among more than 9,500 Americans surveyed, obesity was associated with higher rates of chronic medical problems and a poorer quality of life than was alcohol abuse, smoking and poverty. And according to researchers, there are more overweight and obese adults in the US today than there are smokers or problem drinkers. These finding reinforce recommendations to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
People who smoked throughout their lives and lived in poverty were significantly more likely to have a chronic disease such as asthma, diabetes, arthritis or heart disease. But the effects of smoking and poverty were smaller than those of obesity on both a person's health and quality of life. Obesity has been shown to raise the risk of heart disease, osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. But research also shows that while even modest weight loss can improve health, Americans continue to pack on the pounds.
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