Study: Obesity Rates Plateau, Show No Signs of Declining
After two decades of steady increases, U.S. obesity rates over the previous 12 years have remained at around 36% for adults and 17% among children, according to a new CDC study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study found that from 2009 to 2010, more than 78 million adults and almost 13 million children ages two to 19 were obese. The researchers noted that they did not find any indication of a decline in obesity rates in any population group.
- "Obesity Rates Stall, but No Decline" (Parker-Pope, "Well," New York Times, 1/17).
- "U.S. Obesity Epidemic Shows No Hint of Shrinking" (Tanner, AP/Boston Globe, 1/17).
- "Little Change in U.S. Obesity Rates in Recent Years" (Pittman, Reuters, 1/17).