Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Americans Still Fat

America’s obesity epidemic shows no sign of reversing course. More than one-third of adults and almost 17% of children were obese in 2009-2010, echoing results since 2003, the CDC said yesterday. “It’s good that we didn’t see increases. On the other hand, we didn’t see any decreases in any group,” said CDC researcher Cynthia Ogden. Early in the decade, slight increases were seen among white, black and Hispanic men, and among Hispanic and black women. These changes may be leveling off, but the authors said they “found no indication that the prevalence of obesity is declining in any group.” In 2009-2010, more than 78 million adults and almost 13 million children aged 2-19 were obese. Overall, 33% adults were overweight but not obese, versus about 15% of children and teens.