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Weighty Questions

Since 1980, the number of obese adults in the U.S. has doubled. According to the CDC, more than 72 million Americans currently are obese—or more than a third of the adult population. The increase in obesity isn’t limited to adults: The rate of obesity has tripled for children during this same time period. Find out more about the risks of excess weight by taking this quiz.

1. Being overweight puts you at risk for heart disease.
2. If you are overweight, losing weight helps lower your high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure.
3. Quitting smoking is healthy, but it commonly leads to excessive weight gain, which increases your risk for heart disease.
4. An overweight person with high blood pressure should pay more attention to a low-sodium diet than to weight reduction.
5. A reduced intake of sodium or salt does not always lower high blood pressure to normal.
6. The best steps to losing weight are to eat fewer calories and to exercise.
7. Skipping meals is a good way to cut down on calories.
8. Foods high in complex carbohydrates (starch and fiber) are good choices when you are trying to lose weight.
9. The single most important change most people can make to lose weight is to avoid sugar.
10. Overweight children always become overweight adults.