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There are more obese Americans than overweight Americans (2015-09-03)

New estimates suggest that the number of overweight and obese adults in the United States continues to rise, every three in four men is overweight or obese, and the same can be said for two out of every three women.
The number of obese adult Americans (67.6 million) now eclipses those who are only overweight (65.2 million).

Graham A. Colditz, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Lin Yang, Ph.D., of the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2012 to estimate the prevalence of overweight and obesity. They collected data for 15,208 men and women 25 or older, a sample that was representative of more than 188 million people.

The study, which was reported in a research letter, estimates that 39.96 percent of men (36.3 million) and 29.74 percent of women (almost 28.9 million) were overweight and 35.04 percent of men (31.8 million) and 36.84 percent of women (nearly 35.8 million) were obese.

"Population-based strategies helping to reduce modifiable risk factors such as physical environment interventions, enhancing primary care efforts to prevent and treat obesity, and altering societal norms of behavior are required," the authors conclude, but the problem has only gotten worse over the last two decades, despite efforts from the government and the health community to educate people on how to take care of themselves when it comes to food and lifestyle choices.

the research, conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

For more information
Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in the United States, 2007-2012