Rate of Obese U.S. Adults Reaches 38%, CDC Finds
About 38% of U.S. adults in 2013 and 2014 were obese, up from about 35% in 2011 and 2012, according to a CDC report published Thursday. The report found that from 2011 through 2014, an estimated 36.5% of U.S. adults ages 20 and older had a body mass index of at least 30, which is considered obese. Further, U.S. residents of all ages in 2013 and 2014 were more likely to be obese than they were in 1999 and 2000. According to the report, 17.2% of U.S. children were obese in 2013 and 2014.
- "Obesity Rises Despite All Efforts To Fight It, U.S. Health Officials Say" (Tavernise, New York Times, 11/12).