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image for weight loss option article The prevalence of obesity has increased steadily in Western cultures over the past century, particularly during the last several decades. In fact, most health professionals agree that we are in the midst of an obesity epidemic in the United States.

Being overweight is closely linked to many very serious health conditions, most particularly risk factors for heart disease and stroke, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein—the "good" cholesterol), and type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, even modest reductions in weight can help improve these conditions. Plus, practicing the behavioral changes of a healthier diet and regular exercise may actually reduce these risk factors whether weight loss occurs or not.