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Obesity rates not shrinking in the U.S. says CDC

Consumer Reports News: January 17, 2012 03:53 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that obesity rates in the U.S. have peaked. However, the latest figures released by the federal health agency show the epidemic of overweight Americans is far from over.

According to the CDC's latest figures, roughly 36 percent of adults and 17 percent of children aged 2 to 19 in America were considered obese in 2009-2010. That translates to roughly 78 million overweight adults and 13 million obese children—staggering numbers that haven't changed much over the past seven years.

Cynthia L Ogden, Ph.D, an epidemiologist with the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics and the leading author of the report:

It's good that we didn't see increases. On the other hand, we didn't see any decreases in any group.

The CDC's report, part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, found that the overall prevalence of obesity was nearly 36 percent in both men and women— 35.7 percent and 35.8 percent respectively. The report also highlighted that obesity was much higher among black males and females (38.8 and 58.5 percents, respectively) that their white counterparts—36.2 and 32.2 percents, respectively.

If losing weight and healthy living are some of your New Year's resolutions, check out Consumer Reports Guide to diet and exercise which includes Ratings and advice on treadmills and other home exercise equipment.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]
U.S. obesity epidemic at a standstill, CDC says [Associated Press via CBS News]
U.S obesity rates unchanged [CNN Health]
Obesity Epidemic May Have Peaked In U.S. [National Public Radio]

Paul Eng

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