The Facts:

  • Flu typically affects 20 to 50 percent of the U.S. population each winter.
  • The flu is highly contagious, spreading mostly by direct person-to-person contact.
  • Americans contract approximately 1 billion colds each year.
  • Children average six to eight and adults average two to four colds a year.
  • Most colds strike Americans in the fall or winter.
  • Among adults, the prevalence of obesity increased from 15.0% (in 1980) to 32.9% (in 2004).
  • Being overweight or obese increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke.

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