Jul 22, 2014
That no group is immune to rising obesity rates suggests that universal environmental factors are driving the trend. The clearest change concerns food availability and cost.
Obesity increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and other chronic diseases. Unfortunately, obesity has more than doubled across the globe since 1980, according to the World Health Organization.
RAND Health studies the complex interplay of diet, exercise, genetics, medical conditions, and socioeconomic factors in this global public health problem, with a special focus on childhood obesity.
Last updated: August 2013