Obesity rates leveling off – but it’s no reason to cheer

After years of skyrocketing growth, has the obesity epidemic finally reached a plateau? New research in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows the percentage of adults who are obese has not gone up much over the past 10 years which could mean obesity rates are finally starting to level off.

But health officials caution, there’s little reason to celebrate – more than two-thirds of adults and almost a third of children are overweight or obese. And more than 25,000 people die every year because of the serious health problems linked to obesity. Here is a breakdown of obesity per state across the country.

So, what’s the reason for the lull? Has more awareness of the problem led to healthier diets and more exercise? I hope so. But I know the battle against obesity is not close to being over yet.


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