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One-Third of U.S. Adults Are Obese, CDC Finds

No change in obesity prevalence since 2003–2004 (October 17)

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the adult obesity rate in the U.S. remains high, with one in three Americans carrying unhealthy amounts of weight.

Key findings in the report include:

  • More than one-third (34.9%) of adults were obese in 2011–2012.
  • In 2011–2012, the prevalence of obesity was higher among middle-aged adults (39.5%) than among younger (30.3%) or older (35.4%) adults.
  • The overall prevalence of obesity did not differ between men and women in 2011–2012. Among non-Hispanic black adults, however, 56.6% of women were obese compared with 37.1% of men.
  • In 2011–2012, the prevalence of obesity was higher among non-Hispanic black (47.8%), Hispanic (42.5%), and non-Hispanic white (32.6%) adults than among non-Hispanic Asian adults (10.8%).
  • The prevalence of obesity among adults did not change between 2009–2010 and 2011–2012.

According to the CDC, the health risks associated with obesity make reducing the high prevalence of obesity a public health priority. Previous publications have shown no change in the prevalence of obesity among adults since 2003–2004.

Source: CDC; October 17, 2013.

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