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Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention.
    Accelerating progress in obesity prevention: Solving the weight of the nation / Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies ; Dan Glickman … [et al.], editors.
     p. ; cm.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   ISBN 978-0-309-22154-2 (pbk.) — ISBN 978-0-309-22155-9 (e-ISBN)
   ISBN 0-309-22154-4
   I. Glickman, Dan. II. Title.
   [DNLM: 1. Obesity—prevention & control—United States. 2. Environment Design—United States. 3. Needs Assessment—United States. 4. Program Development—United States. WD 210]



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Cover photo credits: yellow squash (first column, first row) by DC Central Condition; people running up stairs (fourth column, second row) by Osman Meran; man pushing a stroller on the beach (fifth column, second row) by Michael L. Baird; watermelon (first column, fifth row) by Patrick Feller.

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