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U.S. adult obesity rate holding steady, but still bad

August 16, 2013
by VERA BERGENGRUEN
McClatchy via Miami Herald

Adult obesity rates remained unchanged throughout the country last year, except in one state – Arkansas – ending three decades of rising weight gain.

That’s the good news out of the latest annual report on America’s obesity epidemic from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“This is certainly one of the most hopeful reports we’ve had,” said Jeffrey Levi, the executive director of the trust, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health research group.

But “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013,” points out that the average adult continues to hit the scale more than 24 pounds heavier now than in 1960.

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