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Eating a healthy diet is your main way to get good nutrition. Most people know that a balance of good nutrition and physical activity can help them reach and maintain a healthy weight. But the benefits of good nutrition go beyond weight.
Good nutrition requires a balance of food, vitamins, and minerals (from eating a healthy diet) and physical activity. Overweight and obesity can result if things get out of balance€"such as eating too much food, not getting enough physical activity, or having too much of one or more nutrients in the diet.
The United States is facing a very serious public health crisis of overweight and obesity. Nearly one-third of all adults are now classified as obese, a figure that has more than doubled over the last 30 years. Children are getting heavier as well. The percentage of children and teens that are overweight has more than doubled in the past 30 years. Today, about 17 percent of American children ages 2 to 19 are overweight.
Health risks associated with being overweight or obese include 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, and arthritis, among other risks. Good nutrition including making smart choices from every food group and getting the most nutrition out of your calories€"is a critical step in helping control your weight and preventing the health risks that come from being overweight or
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