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U.S. obesity leveling off, but still high, data show

August 16, 2013
by Susan Heavey
Reuters

WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Obesity levels among adults appear to be holding steady across the United States, adding to recent evidence that the growth rate for U.S. waistlines is slowing, according to an analysis released on Friday.

But within the holding pattern there is a dramatic rise in "extreme" obesity among adults and children.

The annual "F as in Fat" report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that the proportion of adults who are extremely obese - at least 100 pounds (45.4 kilograms) overweight - has risen over the last three decades from 1.4 percent in the late 1970s to 6.3 percent in 2009-2010.

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