The battle for meaningful weight loss can affect every part of your life. It is a profoundly personal condition that impacts everyone differently and greatly. No one's suffering is the same, nor is their journey to health. But, there are some facts about obesity that everyone should be aware of. After all, before we can change the game, we have to know the playing field.
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* Body mass index (BMI) calculator and information courtesy of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). www.nhlbi.nih.gov.