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In recent decades, obesity has become one of the greatest problems facing the United States. Since the 1980s, the number of overweight and obese people has more than doubled, raising the likelihood of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.

All this week, Here & Now will take a closer look at obesity in a new series, America On The Scale. We’ll explore its causes, the fight to prevent it and the cultural complications and biases that people living with obesity face on a daily basis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has crunched new numbers on America's obesity epidemic. What do they tell us? As a nation, we seem to be stuck.

The overall prevalence of obesity in the three-year period ending 2014 was just over 36 percent. This mean that about 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. is obese.

But if you're a silver-linings kind of person, there's this: After decades of increases, obesity rates do seem to be flattening out.

First rule of Brinton Elementary School run club: Keep those legs moving. Second rule of run club: Have fun.

For 13-year-old Kaprice Faraci and her sister, Kassidy, inspiration to keep moving struck one after school afternoon in the third grade. Video games and TV bored the twins. They were outside when they spotted a small pack of children chugging down their street.

The only people that benefit from the intense body shaming that obese people experience on a daily basis are multi-billion dollar companies that market workout plans, foods, and clothing to image-obsessed Americans every year, according to Harvard's Susan Greenhalgh in her new book "Fat-Talk Nation: The Human Costs of America's War on Fat."

Keeping food out of sight could be a way to keep it out of your mouth. That's the hunch of Charles Emery, a psychologist at Ohio State University, anyway. His latest research suggests that how food is set up around the house could be influencing how much people eat and, ultimately, how heavy they might be.

There are a lot of factors that scientists say explain obesity — defined as a body-mass index over 30 — from genetics to lifestyle changes to socio-economic status.