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More Americans on the Road to Obesity

August 11, 2009
by NICHOLAS BAKALAR
New York Times

A nationwide survey of obesity rates offers very little good news. More than two-thirds of Americans are now overweight or obese, and the percentage is still rising.

The report is based on data for 2005 through 2009 gathered by state health departments with the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study defines overweight as a body mass index of 25 to 30, and obesity as a B.M.I. over 30...

The trend is up sharply. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent, and in 1981 the national average was 15 percent.

The study, published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health, found that in 30 states, 30 percent or more of children ages 10 to 17 were overweight or obese.

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