Obesity is having an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity and/or being overweight is very common. In 2010 at least 28.7% of people in Michigan were obese. This number increases each year.

The food we eat each day helps us to feel good. Eating food that is good for us helps keep our body healthy. Even healthy foods can be a problem if we eat too much because the extra food is stored in our bodies as fat. If we always overeat, we gain weight. If we continue to gain weight, we become obese.

Weight has become an important health issue. Every year billions of dollars are spent on diet programs, diet foods, diet books and diet pills. Billions of dollars are also spent on the treatment of diseases associated with obesity like diabetes and high blood pressure.

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