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In 1999, almost 108 million adult Americans were
overweight or obese. If you are overweight or obese, carrying this extra weight
puts you at risk for developing many diseases, especially heart disease,
stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Losing this weight helps to prevent and control
these diseases. The NHLBI guidelines provide you with a new approach for the
measurement of overweight and obesity and a set of steps for safe and effective