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National Rates of Obesity Hold Steady

 

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey suggest that obesity rates are holding steady. Key findings from 2011-2012 survey, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include:

  • More than one-third (34.9%) of adults were obese
  • Obesity rates were higher among middle-aged adults (39.5%) than among younger (30.3%) or older (35.4%) adults
  • Obesity rates were 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%).
  • Obesity rates among U.S. adults did not change between 2009–2010 and 2011–2012.

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