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Strategies to support healthy weight management by Ronda Gates, MS, RPH

The statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are daunting: Almost two-thirds of older Americans weigh too much. According to nutritionist Beth Reames, PhD, of the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 75% of these overweight and obese individuals fall into the 51–69 age group. Furthermore, “people ages 60 through 75 experienced the highest increase in obesity of any age group in the US” from 1984 to 2000, adds CDC epidemiologist Cynthia Ogden.

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