The HAND Pathway: Erasing the Stigma Surrounding the Obesity Epidemic

The HAND Pathway: Erasing the Stigma Surrounding the Obesity Epidemic

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Obesity is a condition that is associated with having an excessive amount of body fat, defined by genetic and environmental factors. Obesity is, in fact, an epidemic, and while over the last decade rates have slowed, it is still a major health concern in need of attention and awareness. More than 35 percent of people in the United States population are obese, including about one in three or 17 percent of children and teens. A child is considered obese when their Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than the 95th percentile for their particular age.