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U.S. fat rate flattening

December 4, 2007
by Alyssa Cashman
Daily Iowan

More than one-third of Americans are obese, but rates are starting to level off, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The epidemic is more prevalent in women than men; 35.3 percent of women were considered obese, while 33.3 percent of men fell into this category. Obesity rates in Iowa for adults are 24.9 percent, according to the Trust for America's Health website. Iowa wasn't one of the 31 states whose levels increased last year. These numbers are a far cry from the government-stated Healthy People 2010 objective of a 15 percent prevalence of obesity. No age group has met this goal. Officials at the UIHC said that increased awareness in the public and private sectors may be contributing to the stabilization of obesity in America. "Possibly, people are becoming more concerned about the statistics they've been reading," said Linda Snetselaar, a UI professor of community and behavioral health.

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