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America’s Obesity Rates Have Peaked, But At Dangerously High Levels

January 13, 2010: 04:09 AM EST
U.S. obesity rates have leveled off and stayed constant for five years among men and for 10 years among women and children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, though the percentages are no longer rising, they have peaked at very high levels. About 34 percent of adult Americans are obese, more than double the level of three decades ago. Moreover, 17 percent of children are considered obese, three times higher than 30 years ago. African-American adults, the CDC says, have the highest obesity rates: 37 percent of men and 50 percent of women.
PAM BELLUCK, "Obesity Rates Hit Plateau in U.S., Data Suggest", The New York Times, January 13, 2010, © The New York Times Company
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