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Toledo, OH 43623
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What's Fit? What's Fat? What's Ideal?

separator If you read what respected individuals and organizations say about weight loss, it seems simple. Across the board, the sensible advice is to eat a balanced diet, keep portions reasonable and exercise regularly. But for complex, diverse reasons, maintaining a healthy weight is anything but simple for many people.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of Americans are overweight, which is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater. Obesity, defined as an excessively high amount of body fat compared to lean muscle mass, is on the rise too. To give some examples: in the year 2000, 15 to 19% of residents of Minnesota were obese, compared to fewer than 10 percent in 1985. In Ohio, more than 20 percent of residents were obese in 2000, compared with 10 to 14% in 1985.

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that childhood obesity is on the rise as well. From 1986 to 1998, obesity increased 21.5 percent among African-American children, 21.8 percent for Hispanic children and 12.3 percent among non-Hispanic white children.

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