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Over the past years the prevalence of obesity has increased at an impressive rate both in developed
and developing countries. This fact has been alarming health professionals owing to its epidemic proportions in certain areas along with its clinical repercussions, turning obesity into one of the major
public health issues.In the United States over one-third of the adult population and nearly 17% of the young population are classifid as obese. In Brazil around one million children aged 10 years or under were obese in 1989, with prevalence of 2.5% of this total in low-income families and 8% in families with better socioeconomic status. In 1996 the obesity rate in the country was of 4.5% in children and 23% in adolescents. Today a great amount of studies on the prevalence of obesity can be found in the literature with astounding numbers.
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