The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has reported a rise in physical activity levels, however, this is not having the desired effect on obesity, as reported by Human Kinetics.

As physical activity in the US increased between 2001 and 2009, so did the percentage of the population considered obese.

Obesity and risk factors from poor diets, smoking and high blood pressure all are having an adverse impact on US life expectancies, which increased slowly compared to that seen between 1985 and 2010.

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