The estimated number of deaths attributable to obesity in the United States ranges from 112,000 to 400,000/year, making obesity an important cause of preventable deathsObesity, especially when acquired at a young age, is also associated with substantial years of life lost; young men and women at very high BMI levels (>45 kg/m2) could expect to die between 5 and 20 years earlier than their non-obese counterparts.

Obesity is also associated with an increased risk of many other diseases, including hypertension, stroke, hypercholesterolemia, osteoarthritis of weight bearing joints, sleep apnea, restrictive lung disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, gallstones, and infertility.

Here is 3 quick and easy ways to start at: 
1. Eat at least 3 ounces of whole-grain cereals, rice, or pasta every day
2. Go low-fat or fat-free when you choose milk yogurt, and other milk products
3. Choose food and beverages low in added sugars.

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