Age

The incidence of overweight increases steadily after age 20 until the seventh decade of life. At that point, it levels off and begins a gradual decline. Even within the low-risk age ranges of 18 to 29 and older than 70 years, the prevalence of overweight has increased according to BRFSS. The increased prevalence of overweight is especially alarming in the pediatric population, in whom the most dramatic increase has been in the severely obese, similar to the adult population. More than 30% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Older children are more likely to be in a higher weight category.

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