Obese Now Outweigh the Overweight

From Live Science:

A growing American phenomenon has reached a statistical milestone: More Americans are now obese compared to being simply overweight.

Results from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), released last month, indicate that an estimated 32.7 percent of U.S. adults 20 years and older are overweight, 34.3 percent are obese and 5.9 percent are extremely obese.

The obesity figure of 34.3 percent is up from 23 percent in a similar study done in 1988 through 1994.

The studies were provided by the federal government’s National Center for Health Statistics.


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