Obesity is associated with such diseases as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems, hypertension, stroke, and some forms of cancer. RAND has investigated and continues to research the complicated interaction between environmental and genetic factors that contribute to the adult and childhood obesity crisis in the United States.

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    Can Streaming Apps Help Americans Be More Active?

    Oct 11, 2019

    Most Americans spend their daily leisure time watching screens, devoting only a small fraction to physical activity. The explosion of streaming apps is likely contributing to this problem. Streaming services could consider adding a pop-up at the end of each episode that encourages viewers to get up and move.

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    2018 Health Related Behaviors Survey: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Among the Active Component

    Apr 28, 2021

    Findings from the 2018 Health Related Behaviors Survey of members of the U.S. military's active component include results for physical activity, weight status, screen time, annual physical assessment, sleep health, and use of substances to stay awake.

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