In 2018, over 40% of the US adult population was considered obese (BMI of 30 or higher), up from 30% in 2000. Almost 10% of adults are considered severely obese (BMI of 40 or higher). Obesity among women of childbearing age is also steadily increasing, rising from just shy of 24% in 2008, to almost 31% in 2018. Unfortunately, researchers are finding that going into pregnancy at an unhealthy weight may increase the health risks for both mom and the baby, and the number of people
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