The Third National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey reported in 1991 that 35% of American women and 31% of American men are obese. The prevalence is thought to be at least as great in other industrialized nations. Obesity has reached such epidemic proportions in the United States that it is now more common than cigarette smoking.
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