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35.7% of U.S. adults were obese in 2010

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Researchers of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Jan 2012 issued a report on obesity prevailance in the United States.

Prevalence of Obesity in the United States, 2009–2010

Cynthia L. Ogden, Ph.D.; Margaret D. Carroll, M.S.P.H.; Brian K. Kit, M.D., M.P.H.; and Katherine M. Flegal, Ph.D.


Obesity increases the risk of a number of health conditions including hypertension, adverse lipid concentrations, and type 2 diabetes (1). The 
prevalence of obesity in the United States increased during the last decades of the 20th century (2,3). More recently there appears to have been a slowing of the rate of increase or even a leveling off (4,5). Given the health risks of obesity and its high prevalence, it is important to continue to track the prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults and children. This report presents the most recent national estimates of obesity in the United States based on measured weight and height.
Keywords: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey • adults • children 

In 2009–2010, 35.7% of U.S. adults were obese.

Key findings

Data from the National Health and Nutrition  Examination Survey, 2009–2010

More than one-third of adults and almost 17% of youth were obese in 2009–2010.
There was no change in the prevalence of obesity among adults or children from 2007–2008 to 2009–2010.
Obesity prevalence did not differ between men and women.
Adults aged 60 and over were more likely to be obese than younger adults.

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