CDC estimates that more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, a condition that results in chronic disorders such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers. Lincoln University, Missouri researchers are examining the role of the media and video games on waist line expansion in this country. Programs such as this may help reduce annual medical costs for obese people, which CDC estimates are $1,429 higher than people of normal weight.
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Read more about the Influence of Media Exposure on Diet and Body Mass Index among Young Adults project.