Obesity rates in America: what causes it, and why it’s so hard to cure | USA TODAY

Obesity rates are weighing down America. Why is it so hard to cut down the pounds? We look into the causes and challenges.

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Obesity increases the risk for about 200 diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, arthritis, sleep apnea and many types of cancer. Obesity was a risk factor in nearly 12% of U.S. deaths in 2019.

Even for COVID-19, carrying substantial extra weight triples the likelihood of severe disease.

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