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Obesity Prevention Program Overview

Health & Human Services - 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207
Phone:  (214) 819-5115
E-mail:  chronic.disease@dallascounty.org


What is Obesity?

Obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation. An adult who has a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight and an adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

Check Your BMI:  Click here.

Read More:  Obesity Basics

Causes of Obesity

Obesity affects children as well as adults. Many factors can contribute to excess weight gain including:

  • Eating patterns
  • Physical activity levels
  • Sleep routines
  • Social determinants of health
  • Genetics
  • Taking certain medications

Read More:  Strategies to Prevent and Manage Obesity

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Other Resources

CDC Overweight and Obesity
CDC Physical Activity
Basics BMI Calculator Child and Teens