Wednesday, November 28, 2007

U.S. obesity rates leveling -- but still high

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that obesity rates among adults in the United States have not significantly changed between 2003-04 and 2005-06. Around one third of Americans over the age of twenty were obese in 2005-06 (33.3 percent of men and 35.3 percent of women). These rates show no statistically significant change from 2003-04, when 31.1 percent of men and 33.2 percent of women were obese. However, more than 72 million Americans are counted as obese and obesity rates have been rising since 1980, when only 15 percent of Americans were termed obese.

Read the full report, "Obesity Among Adults in the United States--No Change Since 2003-2004" from the CDC National Center for Health Statistics. You might also want to check out the CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity for more information on obesity and related programs, news, and publications. Check out your state's obesity levels between 1985-2006 with CDC's nifty animated map.

Read "US Obesity Rates Seem to Have Leveled" from the Washington Post and "CDC: U.S. obesity rates leveling off" from CNN.

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